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changing the landscape to prevent childhood obesity

Changing the Landscape to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Kansas City’s Childhood Obesity Collaborative-Weighing In

www kcweighingin org
  • Latest updates
  • On-line enrollment

JOIN THIS WEEK- Free for the first 500

  • Searchable directory
    • Find others by name and contact information
    • Search by organization type, topic of interest, professional discipline
  • Source for meeting notices, agendas, highlights
we heard from you
We Heard from You!

Issues and Challenges Identified:

  • Focus on schools
    • Assure healthy food and beverage options,
    • Increase physical activity levels of students
    • Provide training to school staffs
issues and challenges cont
Issues and Challenges, cont.
  • Share Information
    • Members
    • Policy makers and
    • General public
  • Continue collaboration
    • Continue networking opportunities
    • Set clear goals and objectives to facilitate collaboration and avoid duplication of effort
valued wi functions
Valued WI Functions
  • Provide training & technical assistance
    • Provide resources to support actions, including recommendations on best materials
    • Identify strategies to overcome obstacles
    • Provide information on best practices, local efforts and lessons learned
valued functions
Valued Functions
  • Communicate
    • Establish consistent messages and talking points on childhood obesity
    • Publish periodic childhood obesity status reports
    • Coordinate media or social marketing campaigns
    • Conduct regular meetings to support networking
    • Compile positions papers on WI priorities
valued functions1
Valued Functions
  • Market
    • Coordinate marketing of collective efforts to address childhood obesity in KC
    • Provide opportunities for member organizations to market their programs and services
valued functions2
Valued Functions
  • Assess and Plan
    • Track and monitor key measures and indicators of childhood obesity for the Greater Kansas City Area
    • Facilitate planning sessions
valued functions3
Valued Functions
  • Implement and Evaluate
    • Host interactive forums with policy makers on priority issues
    • Track actions and provide status updates
collaboration valued
Collaboration Valued

98% of responders agree or strongly agree that participation in WI collaboration is useful

97% stated it was essential to address childhood obesity

95% would like to collaborate more on common initiatives

desired collaboration characteristics
Desired Collaboration Characteristics

97% want to evaluate the collaboration results

97% want to track and share collaboration results

95% want training for leads and active participants

93% want resources to support efforts

93% want clearly written objectives, plan and timeline

90% want formal arrangements between key organizations and individuals implementing the plan

current actions
Current Actions
  • Assessing KC’s collective childhood obesity prevention capacity
  • Established website
  • Updating Strategic Plan
  • Will provide leadership training

Supported by Health Care Foundation – GKC funding

  • Establishing Childhood Obesity Metrics
  • Will convene systems mapping process
  • Will provide targeted training
early childhood working group mission
Early Childhood Working Group Mission

Provides a community forum to

focus on children, ages 0-5 years, and implement viable approaches in a deliberate, thoughtful manner

to address childhood obesity

primary audience for current priority
Primary Audience for current priority

Child care providers, key decision makers for early childhood policies, programs/services and food and fitness environments and other agencies that support child care settings

Secondary Audience

Children up to five years of age and their parents/caregivers, women, preconception through pregnancy

under five

guiding principles for selecting strategies
Guiding principles for selecting strategies

Addresses the problem



Viable for Kansas City

Collaboration improves impact and effectiveness

broad initial review
Broad Initial Review
  • Focused on all early childhood issues
  • Have not researched all available resources, programs and approaches for all strategies
    • next step for the top priorities.
top ten targets for ec
Top Ten Targets for EC
  • Improve support for breastfeeding
  • Improve healthy meals in child care
  • Decrease sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Increase physical activity in child care
  • Improve access to recreation & play
  • Increase number of child care facilities with wellness policies
  • Increase proportion of women with appropriate weight gain during pregnancy
  • Increase participation in nutrition assistance programs
  • Reduce screen time
  • Increase ‘smart meals’ in restaurants

Child Care Setting priorities

top child care issues
Top Child Care Issues

Child care emerged as key setting to focus efforts and following priorities identified:

  • Survey Child Care Providers
  • Implement steps to enhance policy, environments and practices for healthy eating and active living
  • Provide training
  • Provide breastfeeding friendly environment
examined priorities in detail to inform our next steps
Examined Priorities in Detail to Inform Our Next Steps
  • Who or which agencies already support this strategy?
  • Who else needs to buy-in?
  • Benefits of this strategy?
  • Current opportunities available that support this strategy?
  • Are there barriers to implementing?
  • How could barriers be minimized?
  • How feasible is this for the Kansas City Area on a scale of 1 to 10?
  • Do you recommend that we pursue this for Kansas City?
current priority child care providers survey
Current Priority—Child Care Providers Survey

What do we want to know?

  • Nutrition and physical activity practices, policies and environments;
  • Obstacles and barriers to healthy food and fitness environments and practices;
  • Priorities for viable actions among child care providers in the KC community; and
  • Resource and training needs
primary audiences
Primary Audiences

K-12 school staff-administrators, teachers, school food and nutrition services personnel

Community agencies supporting schools

Secondary Audiences

School-age children and their families


School-age children enjoy

optimal growth and development

in the Greater Kansas City Area

where active living and healthy eating is supported for all.


Schools and community agencies collaborate to shift the social norm and enhance school policies, environments and practices so students in

the Greater Kansas City Area

increase physical activity and

improve healthy eating

to prevent and address childhood obesity.

desired outcomes for the schools committee
Desired Outcomes for the Schools Committee
  • Network map of resources
  • Baseline assessment
  • Plan for action
  • Means to track progress
  • Benefits document
  • Consistent messages
  • Increased number of schools meeting Healthier US School Standards
  • Strengthened partnerships
guiding principles
Guiding Principles
  • Evidence based or promising practice
  • Focus on use and redirection of existing resources in view of economic conditions
  • Systems approach
  • Sensitive to multiple demands in school setting
  • Empower and equip the adults in the child’s life
  • Provide options that can be tailored to schools unique needs.
sample messages
Sample messages
  • Healthy eating and physical activity are among the most effective interventions for the prevention and treatment of obesity and other chronic diseases.
  • Academic success is better in healthy and physically active students.
  • Schools are a mirror of the community—can’t modify actions in schools in isolation of community-wide norms

Questions from the Audience?

If time allows:

  • What are priority issues from a Federal perspective for nutrition education that are important for Kansas City to address in both child care and school settings?
  • From your experience, what factors contribute to a school’s success in the nutrition education arena?
  • What USDA supports are available to help overcome barriers being faced in school settings in relation to improving physical activity and healthy eating?
  • What actions is your office taking in the “advocacy” area?

Next Weighing In DatesMay 24, 2011, 3:30-5:00 p.m.Early Childhood Working Group Meeting, Don Chisholm CenterJune 7, 2011, 10:00 a.m.-NoonSchools Committee Meeting, Diastole Scholars Center, 2501 Holmes, Kansas City, MONext Quarterly Meetings: September 26th, 2011, 8:30 a.m.December 12, 2011, 8:30 a.m.Don Chisholm CenterNeed more information?

Contact Deborah Markenson, 816-234-9223