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Obesity & Healthy Weight

National Food and Society Roundtable on Obesity and Youth

The National Food and Society Roundtable on Obesity and Youth sponsored by NIFA, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), was held in Washington, D.C. July 19-20, 2005. The meeting sought to identify childhood obesity prevention—policy, research, extension, and education strategies for the local, state, and national systems represented by Land-Grant Universities and USDA, and to forge new initiatives to enhance related program leadership.

The Roundtable's goals were:

  • setting the context for action in preventing childhood obesity from the perspective of NASULCG, NIFA, and Institute of Medicine, a component of the National Academy of Sciences;
  • describing innovative and effective approaches to address childhood obesity, its reduction and prevention that involves both ecological community–based and behavioral community-focused education;
  • describing effective physical activity and nutrition interventions and programs to reduce childhood obesity;
  • describing obesity-related research opportunities and challenges for the USDA Agricultural Research Service, and community based-policy and higher education;
  • recommending strategies for NIFA and its federal and university partners to:
    • effect policy change at the federal, state, and local levels,
    • expand the relevant research base and its practical applications,
    • promote the expansion of best practices and other outreach strategies, and
    • prepare the next generation of researchers and educators to address the complexity of obesity.

A Guiding Group Committee was created following the Roundtable to implement its recommended strategies. Its progress and resources will be documented through this Web page.


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