An ad hoc committee will plan a 1-day, interactive public workshop exploring issues related to developing innovative partnerships to maximize resources, accelerate progress, and sustain efforts toward obesity prevention. The workshop will feature invited presentations and discussions that will focus on potential collaboration with other sectors that have goals akin to or complementary with those of the obesity prevention sector and thus may be partners for obesity prevention efforts. The workshop may include exploration of efforts in the educational, environmental, economic, national security, food security, and anti-violence sectors.
Workshop presentations and discussions from researchers, policy makers, and advocates will explore such topics as:
1. Identification of sectors and existing social movements that have goals similar to or complementary with those of obesity prevention, including how best to engender dialogue and indentify common ground among sectors.
2. Ideas for initiatives and messages that can be mutually beneficial to achieving the goals of all parties.
3. Learning from other public health initiatives that have benefited from partnering with existing social movements to maximize resources and accelerate progress.
4. The potential benefits and challenges involved with engaging in cross-sector, interdisciplinary partnerships for obesity prevention.
The committee will plan and organize the workshop, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions.