BOX 4-4

Recommendations for Other Relevant Federal Agencies Recommendations from the 2005 IOM report Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance

U.S. Department of Education


Schools

Schools should provide a consistent environment that is conducive to healthful eating behaviors and regular physical activity.


To implement this recommendation:

Federal and state departments of education and health and professional organizations should

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate pilot programs to explore innovative approaches to both staffing and teaching about wellness, healthful choices, nutrition, physical activity, and reducing sedentary behaviors. Innovative approaches to recruiting and training appropriate teachers are also needed.

U.S. Department of Transportation


Built Environment

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Transportation should

  • Fund community-based research to examine the impact of changes to the built environment on the levels of physical activity in the relevant communities and populations.

Federal Trade Commission


Advertising and Marketing

Industry should develop and strictly adhere to marketing and advertising guidelines that minimize the risk of obesity in children and youth.


To implement this recommendation:

  • The Federal Trade Commission should have the authority and resources to monitor compliance with food and beverage and sedentary entertainment advertising practices.

U.S. Department of Agriculture


Schools

Schools should provide a consistent environment that is conducive to healthful eating behaviors and regular physical activity.


To implement this recommendation:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, state and local authorities, and schools should

  • Develop and implement nutritional standards for all competitive foods and beverages sold or served in schools.

  • Ensure that all school meals meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate pilot programs to extend school meal funding in schools with a large percentage of children at high risk of obesity.

SOURCE: IOM (2005a).



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