232150 Local Government Actions to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH , Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Richardson, TX
Local governments play a crucial role in the fight against childhood obesity by creating environments that make it either easy or hard for children to eat healthier diets and move more. The Institute of Medicine's Local Government Actions to Prevent Childhood Obesity report, which was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offers a list of actions local government officials can take that hold the greatest potential to curb obesity rates among children. Dr. Sanchez will discuss the approach the committee took in identifying promising actions, including its guiding principles and its concentration on actions outside of the school walls; the methodology it used to select action steps; its emphasis on taking into account local characteristics and the involvement of community members with local public officials; and its focus on healthy eating and optimal physical activity as outcomes to examine and measure. The committee's resulting recommended strategies and action steps will be highlighted.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Identify specific actions steps for childhood obesity prevention that are within the jurisdiction of local governments; are based on the experience of local governments or knowledgeable sources that work with local governments; and have the potential to make positive contributions to the achievement of healthy eating and/or optimum physical activity.

Keywords: Obesity, Decision-Making

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I Chaired the IOM committee that developed one of the tools that will be discussed during the session.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas consumer and health services research Employment (includes retainer)

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.