Childhood Obesity Prevention
Childhood obesity prevention encourages the development of healthy eating and exercise habits in children ages 2 to 19 that will keep them from becoming overweight or obese. Addressing this issue requires holistic community initiatives that include policy and environmental changes, as well as programs that educate individuals about healthy behaviors. The reports below focus on direct service educational programs, which enable healthy habits to be developed and sustained.
1. Explore the social issue
Read our social issue report on childhood obesity prevention which includes: an overview of the social issue, an investment recommendation, information on the return on investment, and ways to take further action.
2. Learn about your state
The state reports define the context of how childhood obesity prevention is being addressed in Massachusetts and New York.
3. Select an organization
The two guides to giving provide information needed to evaluate a nutrition or physical activity based organization working to prevent childhood obesity in five steps.
4. Explore related social issues
Learn about social issues related to childhood obesity prevention that we have written about in other reports.