Childhood Obesity

The Board on Human Sciences established a Childhood Obesity Initiative at its February 2010 Annual meeting in Washington, DC and began the process of defining objectives and recruiting members for an action agenda. This initiative supports identification of issues related to the increase in childhood obesity and development of effective intervention strategies to reduce the incidence of obesity. The issue is a national priority. Yet, the research studies and projects are fragmented. BoHS leaders proposed three potential paths for addressing obesity issues: Gather and synthesize promising research and best practices in obesity prevention, Replicate and/or adapt successful intervention models that have been effective in reducing obesity among children and youth, and Provide leadership for a collaborative model to design, implement and assess new research and practice initiatives that show promise as effective intervention strategies. If you are interested in joining this working group contact Dr. Mary McPhail Gray, the leader for this BoHS initiative.