Many organizations are making focused efforts to prevent obesity. To achieve their goals, accelerate their progress, and sustain their success, the assistance of many other individuals and groups--not all of them with a singular focus on obesity prevention--will be essential. In October 2011 the Institute of Medicine held a workshop that provided an opportunity for obesity prevention groups to hear from and hold discussions with many of these potential allies in obesity prevention. They explored common ground for joint activities and mutual successes and lessons learned from efforts at aligning diverse groups with goals in common.
Table of Contents
|1 Background and Rationale||1-6|
|2 Mission: Readiness||7-10|
|3 Food and Agriculture||11-24|
|4 Physical Activity and the Built Environment||25-34|
|5 Forming Successful Alliances||35-42|
|6 Building Alliances||43-48|
|7 Final Observations||49-50|
|Appendix A: Workshop Agenda||57-60|
|Appendix B: Speaker Biographical Sketches||61-70|
|Appendix C: Statement of Task||71-72|
|Appendix D: Acronyms||73-74|
The video centers on the idea of “cross-sector work.” When considering the challenge of obesity in the U.S., this idea is of particular importance. There are many conflicting theories of what causes obesity, and many ideas of what solutions will work to solve it. There’s a lot of debate about what’s working, and if obesity rates are declining, increasing, or remaining stable. However, from communities where steady drops in obesity rates have been seen, cross-sector approaches to prevention have played a major role.
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