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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Statement of Task." Institute of Medicine. 2012. Alliances for Obesity Prevention: Finding Common Ground: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13305.
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Statement of Task

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.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Statement of Task." Institute of Medicine. 2012. Alliances for Obesity Prevention: Finding Common Ground: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13305.
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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.

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