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Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity: How Do We Measure Up?
the land-grant cooperative extension services, and other relevant agencies. Childhood obesity prevention should be a priority that is reflected in each state government’s public statements, policies and programs, budgets, research efforts, and interagency collaborations.
Local government agencies should convene community- or regional-level task forces to provide coordinated leadership in preventing childhood obesity by increasing resources, collaborating with community stakeholders, and developing or strengthening policies and programs that promote opportunities for physical activity and healthful eating in communities and neighborhoods.
Implementation Actions for Industry
Industry should use the full range of available resources and tools tocreate, support, and sustain consumer demand for products andopportunities that support healthy lifestyles including healthful dietsand regular physical activity.
To accomplish this,
Industry should continue to support and market product innovations and reformulations that promote energy balance at a healthy weight for children and youth and that are compatible with obesity prevention goals.
Industry should support the review of the existing self-regulatory guidelines for advertising directed to children. It should also expand the guidelines to advertising vehicles beyond those used in traditional advertising to include evolving vehicles and venues for marketing communication and apply and enforce the guidelines for the traditional and expanded vehicles. Companies should consider developing their own advertising and marketing guidelines for children that are consistent with the industry-wide guidelines.
Implementation Actions for Communities
Community stakeholders should establish and strengthen the localpolicies, coalitions, and collaborations needed to create and sustainhealthy communities.
To accomplish this,
Communities should make childhood obesity prevention a priority through the coordinated leadership of local government, community organizations, local businesses, health care organizations, and other relevant stakeholders. These efforts would