Overweight and Obesity Policy Resources
Early Care and Education Policy Review
CDC considers Early Care and Education (ECE) an important setting to implement childhood obesity prevention strategies. This policy review is intended to help educate public health practitioners, child care providers, and decision-makers about the current conditions that exist in their state and inform future efforts to prevent obesity in this setting. The report identifies potential actions in ECE programs to prevent obesity, provides state-specific child care demographics, and highlights enacted state legislation and current licensing regulation that impact the nutrition and physical activity environments in ECE programs.
Healthy Communities: What Local Governments Can Do to Reduce and Prevent Obesity (PPT-8.7Mb)
This presentation, developed for use by local government staff, makes the case for investing in CDC's Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States. It highlights how local governments can be part of the solution and provides specific examples of policy, systems and environmental approaches to creating healthier communities. Also available in an Adobe Acrobat version (PDF-3.8Mb).
School Health Policy
Policies—including laws, mandates, regulations, standards, resolutions, and guidelines—provide a foundation for school district practices and procedures. Sound policies reassure families, students, and school staff; provide legal protection for schools; and support and direct individuals throughout the school system. Well-drafted and administered policies can also help contain or prevent controversy.
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