TABLE D-1 Examples of Recent Federal Agency Programs, Initiatives, and Surveillance Systems for Supporting and Monitoring the Prevention of Obesity in U.S. Children and Youth

Federal Department and Agency

Type of Activity

Program, Initiative, Surveillance System, or Description (Reference)

Evaluation Availabilitya (Reference)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Administration for Children and Families


Head Start Program (ACF, 2006a)

Available (ACF, 2006b)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Obesity prevention toolkit for parents (AHRQ, 2004)

Not available

Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Capacity and research

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation advises the government on health policy research and program Evaluation evaluation (ASPE, 2006)

Available (ASPE, 2006)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Nutrition and Physical Activity Program to Prevent Obesity Other Chronic Diseases (CDC, 2006g)

Available (Yee et al., 2006)



School Health Index (CDC, 2006l)

Available (Staten et al., 2005)



Steps to a HealthierUS (Steps Program) (DHHS, 2004a)

Available (MacDonald et al., 2006)

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