The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund positioned Latino childhood obesity as a civil rights equity issue: equitable access to resources and support for maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle in the Latino community.
It educated policy-makers and community members about the effects of childhood obesity on Latino children and about federal and state policy options to address the epidemic.
Dates of Project: December 2009 through June 2012
Description: Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund focused on state policy in California, Texas, and Illinois, which have the highest concentrations of Latinos. The project team collaborated with other advocacy organizations, conducted research on preventing childhood obesity, met and worked with state and federal policy-makers, and developed webinars and white papers.