OUR APPROACH

Based at Tufts University’s Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, ChildObesity180 merges the best in public health research and practice with the expertise and experience of business, government, and nonprofit leaders. When these perspectives come together, a creative tension exists that balances the academic focus on discovering what works and why, with the entrepreneurial perspective that quick action is needed above all else. What we see is that when these perspectives and experiences are blended, big things happen.

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Multi-sector Leadership
and Collaboration

ChildObesity180 is using its cross-sector composition, deep connections, and expertise to generate urgency, traction, and impact to drive change on a national scale. We continue to work toward accelerating the pace of change and preventing childhood obesity across the nation. Our commitment to multi-sector collaboration is reflected in the composition of the membership, core leadership, staff, and partners. Learn more about our people.

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Sustainability

From the inception of an idea to the implementation of our national initiatives, ChildObesity180 is focused on sustainable, long-term impact. Innovative partnerships and engaging diverse funders are two of the strategies we emphasize in order to develop and implement our initiatives. Over time, we envision that the types of solutions developed by our initiatives will be embedded and sustained in childhood obesity prevention efforts across the nation. Learn more about our funding partners.

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Evidence-Based

ChildObesity180 is committed to using the best available scientific evidence to inform our decisions. This means that we use evidence-based research to develop our initiatives and monitor and measure our performance against established goals. Whenever compelling new evidence is generated, through our own research efforts or through the solid work of other recognized and unbiased experts, we update our approach and adjust our future practices based on this new knowledge.

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Diverse Portfolio
of Initiatives

Recognizing that no one solution will solve the childhood obesity epidemic, we are committed to executing a diverse portfolio of high-impact initiatives that will collectively influence a child’s daily energy balance. We evaluated more than 100 childhood obesity prevention recommendations from leading organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report to the President.

Recommendations were evaluated based on seven characteristics to determine organizational priorities: evidence base, scale, equity, impact, feasibility, multi-sectoral contribution, and time to results.

  • Active Schools Acceleration Project
  • Healthy Kids Out of School
  • Restaurant Initiative
  • Breakfast Initiative
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National Knowledge Dissemination

ChildObesity180 generates and disseminates knowledge related to the organization’s impact and application of innovative and collaborative strategies. ChildObesity180's leadership and staff regularly present at scientific and public policy conferences, most recently at:

  • The Obesity Society Annual Conference
  • American Public Health Association Conference
  • Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • American Society for Nutrition at Experimental Biology Annual Conference

ChildObesity180 has a number of peer-reviewed scientific publications that advance the field of obesity prevention, and is continually working to contribute to the research base. See our library of publications, videos, and more. ChildObesity180 actively pursues opportunities to share the organization's unique model, evidence-based approach, and research findings.

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