Childhood Obesity Declines: Exploring Promising Approaches

Over the past decade, numerous public and private funders have provided resources to states and communities to implement strategies to reduce and prevent childhood obesity. Recently, modest yet important declines in childhood obesity rates have been reported in several jurisdictions across the United States.

In 2012, the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) established a workgroup to better understand the possible drivers and contributors that may be influencing the reported declines in childhood obesity rates and exploring how these may be related to and part of other health promotion efforts.

This project aligns with two of NCCOR’s five goals; the first is to improve the ability of childhood obesity researchers and evaluators to conduct research and program evaluation. The second goal is to provide national leadership to accelerate implementation of evidence-informed practice and policy.

In December 2013, NCCOR convened a panel of experts with diverse and complementary backgrounds to solicit outside guidance on the project plan, methodology, and selection of sites that will be examined. The expert panel provided invaluable advice on planning for the 2014 project.