Shaping a Healthier Generation: Successful State Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Shaping a Healthier Generation: Successful State Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity

A new report from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices looks at the actions that states are taking to prevent childhood obesity, encourage children to eat healthier, and be more active in childcare, school, community, and healthcare settings. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the report, Shaping a Healthier Generation: Successful State Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity (64 pages, PDF), offers three strategies that governors can use to help prevent childhood obesity: setting a vision and building public awareness for obesity prevention programs; coordinating state agencies' obesity prevention efforts through governance structures; and collecting data on children's health to better address their needs.