Our History

In 2009, Peter Dolan, former CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Drs. Christina Economos and Miriam Nelson, nationally-recognized researchers in nutrition and physical activity, saw an opportunity to take a fresh approach to the issue of childhood obesity.

Their idea? Bring together academic experts with leaders from business, government, and nonprofit organizations to address this national epidemic.

The founders envisioned a new model of collaboration to identify innovative and integrated solutions that could be scaled to the national level.

With the power of Tufts University Friedman School and early support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this concept was the genesis of ChildObesity180.

 

ChildObesity180 Milestones

2010

April

 

First Charter Member meeting gathers leaders from business, government, and academia to discuss the childhood obesity epidemic.

Summer

 

ChildObesity180 evaluates evidence-based childhood obesity prevention recommendations to determine areas of focus.

2011

March

 

Healthy Kids Out of School holds first of two roundtable with CEOs of nine national out-of-school-time (OST) organizations to develop unified principles for healthy programs.

November

 

Healthy Kids Out of School initiative officially launches at Partnership for a Healthier America Summit.

Group onstage at Healthy Kids Out of School launch

2012

February

 

First Lady Michelle Obama announces Active Schools Acceleration Project competition to surface innovative school-based physical activity programs that could be scaled to schools across the country.

Michelle Obama announces ASAP competition

April

 

Healthy Kids Out of School commences pilot study in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire to test and refine strategies for integrating healthy principles into OST programs.

June

 

ASAP announces winners of Innovation Competition at awards ceremony in Washington, DC, highlighting promising school-based activity programs.

ASAP Awards Ceremony

November

 

ChildObesity180 publishes first peer-reviewed paper.

2013

January

 

Healthy Kids Out of School named winner of AJPM Childhood Obesity Challenge, an online competition for innovative ideas to combat the childhood obesity epidemic.

April

Breakfast Initiative undertakes large-scale evaluation of Breakfast in the Classroom model.

Children eating breakfast in the classroom

May

 

Restaurant Initiative holds first roundtable with restaurant industry representatives.

June

 

ChildObesity180 efforts reach 26,000 children.

September

 

ASAP launches Acceleration Grants Campaign to pilot winning innovative physical activity programs in 1,000 schools.

Let's Move Active Schools launch event

2014

February

 

Chris Economos appears on PBS NewsHour to discuss shifts in childhood obesity rates.

March

 

Breakfast Initiative posts first series of Breakfast Effect videos highlighting research in support of school breakfast.

Chris Economos presents A Movement by Moments at TEDx Somerville.

Chris Economos at TEDx Somerville

November

 

Breakfast Initiative research on Breakfast in the Classroom published in JAMA Pediatrics.

December

 

ChildObesity180 efforts reach 1.2 million children in all 50 states.

2015

April

 

Restaurant Initiative publishes first paper on healthy kids’ menu changes at Silver Diner restaurant chain.

Boy Scouts of America formally adopts Healthy Kids Out of School’s ScoutStrong Healthy Unit Award.

Restaurant Initiative research featured on NPR’s The Salt blog.

September

 

ASAP launches New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race, challenging kids in schools across the US to walk and run one billion miles.

Children participating in Billion Mile Race

October

 

ChildObesity180 celebrates five-year anniversary with event at Boston Children’s Museum.

ChildObesity180 five-year anniversary event

November

 

Restaurant Initiative research on orders of healthy children’s menu items published in Health Affairs.

2016

January

 

Restaurant Initiative begins development of You’re the Mom campaign, empowering moms to take small steps to make healthy eating fun and easy for their kids.

You're the Mom mural

June

 

ChildObesity180 efforts reach 6.1 million children.

September

 

Chris Economos quoted in USA Today article on healthier kids’ meals at restaurants.

December

 

ChildObesity180's 25th peer-reviewed paper is accepted for publication.

2017

   

June

 

ChildObesity180 programs reach 11 million children in all 50 states.

August

 

Stanford Social Innovation Review  publishes a profile of ChildObesity180's work.