A Public Health Perspective on Healthy Lifestyles and Public-Private Partnerships for Global Childhood Obesity Prevention
This commentary uses a public health perspective to review the concept of healthy lifestyles for prevention of childhood obesity and explore how healthy-lifestyle initiatives are promoted through public-private partnerships. Healthy lifestyles encourage individuals and populations to consume a nutritionally balanced, diverse diet and to engage in regular physical activity to achieve and maintain health and prevent and control unhealthful weight gain and chronic diseases. Public-private partnerships are a mechanism through which healthy-lifestyle initiatives are addressing the increasing childhood obesity problem in the United States and throughout the world. The authors describe optimal characteristics and major challenges of public-private partnerships, and offer suggestions to enhance the likelihood that partnerships will be able to reverse global childhood obesity trends.
Financing programs to incentivize healthy food retail development in communities classified as “underserved” are taking place at the local, state, and national levels. Implementing these policies requires a clear definition of eligibility for program applicants and policy administrators. This paper describes a process to implement an eligibility analysis for healthy … More
The first 1,000 days, or the period from conception through age 2, is increasingly recognized as a critical period for the development of childhood obesity and its adverse consequences. This issue brief is based on two review papers that examined evidence on risk factors for developing childhood obesity and interventions … More
The healthfulness of foods and beverages found in retail food stores differs widely across the United States, both by location of the store as well as by store type. Some communities have limited access to stores that carry healthful staple foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grain-rich foods, and … More