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By National Academies, Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board, Committee on Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity, In collaboration with the Healthcare Georgia Foundation

Textual content is a quick precis of the Institute of Medicine's neighborhood Symposium, growth in fighting early life weight problems: specialize in undefined. The Symposium used to be in collaboration with The California Endowment supported via The Robert wooden Johnson beginning and used to be held December 1, 2005 on the Beckman heart of the nationwide Academies in Irvine, California. Softcover.

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Communities should improve access to supermarkets, farmers’ markets, and community gardens to expand healthful food options, particularly in lowincome and underserved areas. Built Environment Local governments, private developers, and community groups should expand opportunities for physical activity including recreational facilities, parks, playgrounds, sidewalks, bike paths, routes for walking or bicycling to school, and safe streets and neighborhoods, especially for populations at high risk of childhood obesity.

As with laws instituting the mandatory use of seatbelts or that promote tobacco control and smoking prevention, our nation has the power to change societal norms in order to prevent 20 PROGRESS IN PREVENTING CHILDHOOD OBESITY childhood obesity. Although there is a long road ahead of the nation to effectively address the growing childhood obesity rates, building healthy communities is an essential leverage point, as the health of each individual is closely linked to the health of the community. BRIEF SUMMARY: FOCUS ON COMMUNITIES 21 Program Agenda Institute of Medicine Symposium Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity: Focus on Communities In collaboration with Healthcare Georgia Foundation Supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation October 6-7, 2005 Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center Atlanta, Georgia October 6, 2005 Opening Session Welcome Martha Katz, Healthcare Georgia Foundation Overview of the IOM Report and Goals for the Meeting Jeffrey Koplan, IOM Committee on Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity Setting the Context for Obesity Prevention in Communities James Marks, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Plenary Panel Presentations and Discussion Mobilizing Neighborhood and Community Grassroots Efforts Developing, implementing, and evaluating grassroots changes related to childhood obesity prevention: barriers and opportunities.

What are the barriers to further progress? What more can be done at the national, state, and local levels? Moderator: Douglas Kamerow, RTI International, Washington, DC State Perspective Daniel Foster, West Virginia Senate Federal Perspective Janet Collins, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Local Perspective Larry Johnson, DeKalb County Commission, Georgia Youth Perspective Leann Alexander and Chance Holder, Mississippi 4-H Summary and Next Steps Jeffrey Koplan, Emory University and Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity Group Discussion Closing Session BRIEF SUMMARY: FOCUS ON COMMUNITIES 25 BOX 1 Recommendations for Communities from the Institute of Medicine Community Programs Local governments, public health agencies, schools, and community organizations should collaboratively develop and promote programs that encourage healthful eating behaviors and regular physical activity, particularly for populations at high risk of childhood obesity.

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