Dates of Project: May 2008 through January 2012
Description: As RWJF announced its commitment of $500 million to help reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity by 2015, interviews with thought leaders throughout the country revealed support for a center that would provide technical assistance and galvanize the field. Center staff:
- Hosted leadership retreats for leaders and senior staff of RWJF’s major programs and a Healthy Kids, Healthy Nation conference
- Created and staffed five teams focused on: informing federal policy; helping state and local efforts to inform policy; coordinating childhood obesity prevention strategies across RWJF major childhood obesity programs; identifying and coordinating technical assistance; and communicating Center and RWJF grantee efforts.