health care sector, local businesses and private industry, and state government (Texas Statewide Obesity Taskforce, 2003).

As states and local governments work to develop and implement action plans, it is important that they sustain an active task force or standing committee to coordinate and oversee the efforts related to preventing childhood obesity. Task forces or committees function in ways that are appropriate for state and local conditions and practices, in general, and are expected to coordinate and leverage resources, ensure the capacity of government agencies to conduct surveillance and monitoring of programs, and ensure that childhood obesity prevention activities are appropriately evaluated at all levels.

In September 2005, the California Governor’s Summit for a Healthy California brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss the next steps for obesity prevention and health promotion in the state as outlined in a 10-point vision for healthy living (Box 4-6). Strategic planning efforts are under way to follow through on the actions discussed at the summit (Strategic Alliance, 2005) (Appendix F).

A number of states and communities have introduced or adopted bills and resolutions that represent legislative and policy actions related to childhood obesity prevention (Boehmer et al., 2006; TFAH, 2005) (Table 4-4).

BOX 4-6

A Vision for California—10 Steps Toward Healthy Living

  1. Californians will understand the importance of physical activity and healthy eating, and they will make healthier choices based on that understanding.

  2. Every child will participate in physical activities every day.

  3. California’s adults will be physically active every day.

  4. Schools will offer only healthful foods and beverages to students.

  5. Only healthful foods and beverages will be marketed to children ages 12 years and younger.

  6. Produce and other fresh, healthful food items will be affordable and available in all neighborhoods.

  7. Neighborhoods, communities and buildings will support physical activity, including safe walking, stair climbing, and bicycling.

  8. Healthful foods and beverages will be accessible, affordable, and promoted in grocery stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

  9. Health insurers and health care providers will promote physical activity and healthful eating.

  10. Employees will have access to physical activity and healthful food and beverage options.

SOURCE: California Health & Human Services Agency and The California Endowment (2005).

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