There are many excellent national and state resources available from organizations and coalitions working to address the issue of childhood obesity, including best practices for policy and systems change.
The coalition strategic plan drew from three sources of best practices as a starting point for our priorities. We want to build on what works at the national level and adapt our strategies to fit both urban and rural Alaska communities.
OPCP Core Messages
Working with Northwest Strategies, the Obesity Prevention and Control Program (OPCP) developed a set of core messages about childhood obesity and what works to address obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for kids and families.
Best Practices to Address Childhood Obesity
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Obesity: Halting the Epidemic by Making Health Easier (2011).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States (MMWR 2009:58, RR-7).
The Institute of Medicine (IOM), Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation (2012).
Let’s Move, the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation: Summary of Recommendations (2010).
The State of Alaska Obesity Prevention and Control Program website has a great variety of resources on national trends, current data on Alaska and programs currently working to address the issue of childhood obesity.