tion, not just for action, said Dietz. Only through evaluation can we learn what works. Continuous measurement identifies areas for change, reveals problems, shows the impact of interventions, and drives change.

Finally, the question arises of how a workforce will be developed to carry out antiobesity efforts. Only then will the sustainability of these efforts be ensured.

Obesity prevention is but one component of meeting the broader needs of children, Dietz said. It is essential to institutionalize environments that protect the needs of children, nurture healthy development, and advance obesity prevention through improved nutrition and physical activity. Perhaps childhood obesity “could become the initiative that goes beyond the lip service that we give to children as our most precious resource,” suggested Dietz.

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