Progress on Childhood Obesity: Many States Show Declines
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 2013, 4 pp.
State-by-state look at changes in childhood obesity rates. Offers suggestions for ways state and local officials, parents, and others can address childhood obesity. more info >
Early childhood obesity prevention policies: Goals, recommendations, and potential actions
Institute of Medicine, June 2011, 4 pp.
This brief offers policy recommendations and potential actions designed to promote healthy environments for young children. more info >
Obesity and access to healthy foods
Wilder Research, February 2011, 4 pp.
Explores obesity in Minnesota and provides approaches to promote effective policy and create community environments where healthy food is accessible to everyone. more info >
Providing access to healthy foods through school gardens
Wilder Research, February 2011, 2 pp.
Gives information about a Columbia Heights School District project that created an "Edible Schoolyard/Outdoor Classroom." more info >
Assessing food insecurity in Saint Paul
Wilder Research, February 2011, 2 pp.
Discusses the results of an assessment of food needs in four Saint Paul neighborhoods, conducted by the Neighborhood Food Project. more info >
Community wellness: Comprehensive city-school strategies to reduce childhood obesity
National League of Cities and The Institute for Youth, Education and Families, June 2010, 68 pp.
This report focuses on lessons learned by school superintendents and city leaders who formed and sustained local collaborations to reduce obesity. It also explores how collaborations were able to leverage federally mandated school wellness policies to develop community-wide wellness plans. more info >
Solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation
White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, May 2010, 124 pp.
This report is part of the “Let’s Move” initiative to fight childhood obesity. It details a coordinated strategy, identifies key benchmarks, and outlines an action plan to end the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. It presents a series of 70 specific recommendations, many of which can be implemented right away. more info >
State indicator report on physical activity
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 2010, 15 pp.
Includes state-level data about individual behaviors related to physical activity, as well as the presence or absence of physical features and policies that can make being physically active either easy or hard to do. more info >
America's future: Latino child well-being in numbers and trends
National Council of La Raza, April 2010, 38 pp.
This data book offers a comprehensive overview of the state of Latino children by integrating a range of key factors and outcomes in the areas of demography, citizenship, family structure, poverty, health, education, and juvenile justice. [For free view of report - Click on the document image in the middle of the page where it says "Open publication."] more info >
Too fat to fight: Retired military leaders want junk food out of America's schools
Mission: Readiness, April 2010, 16 pp.
Presents information on the increase of child obesity. It calls on Congress to reduce the availability of high-calorie, low-nutrition foods in schools and presents examples of successful school interventions. more info >
Physical activity and healthy eating in Minnesota: Addressing root causes of obesity
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health, April 2010, 13 pp.
This report summarizes the results of two surveys carried out to measure the prevalence of physical inactivity, unhealthy eating and obesity among adult Minnesotans. It provides Minnesota-specific data to guide policy development, advocacy and program planning to benefit the health of all Minnesotans. more info >
Racial/Ethnic Differences in Early-Life Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity, Pediatrics
Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, April 2010, 12 pp.
Looks at racial/ethnic differences in early-life risk factors for childhood obesity. more info >
The hidden health costs of transportation
American Public Health Association, February 2010, 12 pp.
Estimates the health care costs of obesity, air pollution from traffic, and traffic crashes based on existing case studies, and argues for incorporating health evaluation and cost assessment as part of transportation policy. more info >
Parks, playgrounds and active living
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, February 2010, 15 pp.
Summarizes the body of evidence concerning the role of parks in shaping active lifestyles across a variety of populations, including children, seniors, lower-income families, and more. more info >
Promoting healthy lifestyles: The impact of Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Triple Play Program on healthy eating, exercise patterns, and developmental outcomes
Youth Development Strategies, August 2009, 21 pp.
Evaluation of a multi-faceted program for youth designed to demonstrate how eating smart, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle. The study found improvements in nutrition knowledge, healthy eating and exercise habits, peer interactions, and club culture and structure. Positive outcomes were found across the range of clubs even though clubs used different approaches and served different populations. more info >
Recommended community strategies and measurements to prevent obesity in the United States
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, July 2009, 32 pp.
CDC-recommended obesity prevention strategies focusing on environmental and policy level change initiatives. more info >
Recommended community strategies and measurements to prevent obesity in the United States: Implementation and measurement guide
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, July 2009, 90 pp.
Document to assist local governments, states, and policy makers implement the CDC-recommended obesity prevention strategies. more info >
Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food - Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences: Report to Congress
United States Department of Agriculture, June 2009, 160 pp.
This report summarizes findings of a national-level assessment of the extent and characteristics of food deserts, analysis of the consequences of food deserts, lessons learned from Federal programs, and a discussion of policy options for alleviating the effects of food deserts. more info >
Retail Concentration, Food Deserts, and Food Disadvantaged Communities in Rural America
Mississippi State University, January 2002, 28 pp.
Looks at food deserts in rural areas of the U.S. to better understand inequalities in food access and the consequences on such things as fruit and vegetable intake. more info >