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Task Force on Preventing Childhood Obesity

In 2008, North Carolina legislation established a Task Force on Preventing Childhood Obesity (Task Force). The State Health Director and the Chairman of the State Board of Education co-chaired the Task Force.

The Task Force reviewed the current State activities in the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Public Instruction, and the Health and Wellness Trust Fund and developed a comprehensive statewide strategic plan with recommendations for preventing childhood obesity.

The legislation stated that the goals of the strategic plan shall encompass the following framework of initiatives:

  1. Providing healthier food to students.
  2. Improving the availability of healthy foods at home and in the community.
  3. Increasing the frequency, intensity, and duration of physical activity in the schools.
  4. Encouraging communities to establish a master plan for pedestrian and bicycle pathways.
  5. Improving access to safe places where children can play.
  6. Developing activities or programs that limit children's screen time, including limits on video games and television.

Preliminary Planning

A planning committee for the Task Force, comprised of DPH and DPI members, was convened. This group met and developed a timeline for meeting the objectives set forth by the legislature. These include the following steps:

  1. Dr. Devlin and Chairman Lee developed a list of task force members and invited them to a series of three meetings.
  2. The task force meetings were held September 18, October 9 and November 14, 2008.
  3. In addition to the main task force, a subcommittee was charged with addressing pilot projects.
  4. The planning committee for the Task Force asked that Eat Smart Move More: NC's Plan to Prevent Overweight, Obesity and Related Chronic Diseases goals and objectives help frame the recommendations for the final report. The report was published January 15, 2009.

Task Force Members

Report from the North Carolina Task Force on Preventing Childhood Obesity

Task Force Proceedings

September 18, 2008

September 18 Agenda
Childhood Obesity in NC: DPH Approaches
NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund Obesity Initiative
Education Initiatives to Prevent Childhood Obesity
IMPACT Childhood Obesity
Next Steps for Task Force
September 18 Meeting Minutes

October 9, 2008

NCIOM Prevention Task Force: Recommendations To Reduce & Prevent Obesity
NC Task Force Built Environment Presentation
October 9 Final Agenda
October 9 Meeting Minutes: Second of Three meetings

November 14, 2008

November 14 Final Agenda
November 14 Meeting Minutes

DPI Think Tank

September 18 DPI Think Tank Meeting Minutes
October 13 DPI Think Tank Meeting Minutes
Terry Sanford Award announcement

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