Dates of Project: January 2009 through December 2013
Field of Work: Policy and environmental change to address childhood obesity
Problem Synopsis: High rates of overweight and obesity among children threaten the health of the next generation of Americans. Policy and environmental changes designed to encourage physical activity and expand access to healthier foods can help reverse these trends.
Synopsis of the Work: In 2009 and 2010, the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) teamed state alliances in six states with leaders in 32 communities to develop and implement state and local action plans that promote policy, systems and environmental changes to prevent childhood obesity.
Key Findings/Results: In a recent survey of leaders of four of the six statewide teams and the 32 local teams, the Y-USA found that the program has helped spur 2,705 policy and environmental changes to support healthy living. The Y-USA estimates that these changes affect as many as 2.3 million people. State and local grantees have also leveraged RWJF funding to raise $1,332,100 to help sustain their work.
Policy and environmental changes include: