New IOM workshop will discuss how cross-sector solutions can help solve the obesity crisis

Please join the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable (IOM) on Obesity Solutions on Sept. 30, 2014, for a public workshop titled Cross-Sector Work on Obesity Prevention, Treatment, and Weight Maintenance: Models for Change.

Register to attend the workshop at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC, or via live webcast at 9 a.m., ET.

The workshop will explore how stakeholders with a traditional role in promoting health, such as health care and public health institutions, have aligned and partnered with sectors not traditionally engaged in health promotion and obesity prevention, including education, transportation, business, and industry. Successful examples of cross-sector collaborations exist, yet barriers exist when scaling and replicating such initiatives. Continue reading

IOM to host webinar about increasing physical activity and physical education in schools

Almost one year ago, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the report Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School, which offered recommendations, strategies, and action steps that have potential to increase children’s opportunities to engage in physical activity at school, including before, during, and after school. However, many barriers exist to achieving the recommended amount of physical activity in the school environment.

In recognition of the one year anniversary of the release of the report, IOM will host a webinar on May 13 (3-4 p.m.) titled, “Making it Happen: Overcoming Barriers to Increasing Physical Activity and Physical Education in Schools.” The webinar will review the recommendations of the report and ways that schools across the country are working to implement physical activity programs. The webinar will consider barriers to implementation faced by schools and highlight ways in which district and school-level administrators are working to overcome these obstacles. Continue reading

IOM to host public workshop on obesity solutions

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Obesity Solutions is inviting the public to attend its first workshop, “The Current State of Obesity Solutions in the United States.”

Tues., Jan. 7, 2014
12:30-5:30 p.m.
The National Academies Building
2101 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

The workshop will present a status update on the current epidemiology of obesity and explore the prevalence, trends, severity, and disparities across the United States. Workshop presenters will discuss key settings where change is happening, focusing on nutrition, physical activity, the elimination of health disparities, and next steps. Continue reading

New IOM report highlights NCCOR Measures Registry and Catalogue of Surveillance Systems

In August 2013, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a new report, “Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts: A Plan for Measuring Progress,” which outlined an actionable plan for measuring the nation’s progress in obesity prevention efforts. In developing the report, the IOM relied heavily on two tools developed by the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) — the Measures Registry and Catalogue of Surveillance Systems.

The authors highlighted the fact that the Registry is the only existing resource developed with a focus on measuring diet and physical activity and related environments programs and systems. They found the Measures Registry to be particularly valuable for the assessment of gaps in the capacity to evaluate interventions related to diet, physical activity, and weight, and their potential environmental determinants.

This recognition by the IOM of the usefulness and applicability to obesity research of the Measures Registry and the Catalogue of Surveillance Systems shows the importance and impact of NCCOR’s work, and demonstrates recognition of the value of these tools by prominent obesity researchers and practitioners. Continue reading

Report recommends specific national and community plans for evaluation of obesity prevention efforts

Aug. 2, 2013, News Medical

The United States lags behind other international plans to evaluate obesity prevention efforts, and the country needs to know whether these efforts are having their intended impact, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The committee that wrote the report concluded that more systematic and routine evaluations could help determine how well obesity prevention programs and policies are being implemented and which interventions work best. The committee also recommended specific national and community plans for evaluation of obesity prevention efforts.

Investment in obesity program and policy evaluation is too sporadic, presenting serious barriers to understanding the impact of interventions and the need for future investments, the committee said. Moreover, current data monitoring systems inadequately track progress of some programs, and such monitoring is needed at both the national and community levels. Although many monitoring systems exist, the national systems lack adequate leadership, coordination, infrastructure, guidance, accountability, and capacity. Furthermore, local communities do not have the necessary guidance, capacity, data, and resources for assessing the status of obesity, identifying prevention needs, monitoring obesity prevention actions, evaluating their short-term outcomes, and tracking their long-term effects on obesity reduction. Continue reading

IOM workshop explores disparities and childhood obesity prevention

On June 6-7, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention will host a public session, “Creating Equal Opportunities for a Healthy Weight.”

The workshop will examine childhood obesity prevention through the lens of working to achieve health equity. Workshop presentations and discussions involving researchers, policy makers, advocates, and other stakeholders will focus on income, race, and ethnicity, and how these factors intersect with childhood obesity and its prevention. Continue reading

IOM to host a public workshop on national nutrition education curriculum standards

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Planning Committee for National Nutrition Education Curriculum Standards will host a two-day public workshop on March 11-12, 2013. The workshop will feature invited experts presentations and panel discussions that will:

  • Explore the merits and potential uses of a set of national nutrition education curriculum standards and learning objectives for elementary and secondary school children
  • Identify current and promising practices
  • Consider the most important attributes of national  standards
  • Suggest approaches to build acceptance and use among educators

This workshop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. Registration is required and seating will be limited.

View the workshop agenda.

Register for the workshop.

For more information visit the workshop’s webpage on the IOM site.

Presentation materials from IOM’s public workshop on physical activity in schools now available

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) held a public workshop, “Physical Activity and Physical Education in Schools: Perspectives on Successes, Barriers, and Opportunities” on Sept. 20, 2012. Its purpose was to provide the IOM with viewpoints from individuals in academia as well as practitioners of physical activity and physical education programs in the school environment. The presentation slides and agenda from this meeting have recently been released and are now available to the public. Continue reading