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Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (CORD) 1.0

In the United States, vulnerable children are often eligible for low-cost health insurance through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Together these programs provide health coverage to approximately one third of all children in the United States.1

Obesity disproportionately affects children from low-income families.2 Many children enrolled in CHIP and Medicaid are affected by obesity. To improve children’s health and reduce medical costs, obesity prevention and management efforts should be crafted to include the needs of these vulnerable children.

In 2009, Congress authorized the Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (CORD) projects through a reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The CORD projects were designed to test and apply the most promising obesity prevention and management strategies to ultimately benefit the millions of children eligible for CHIP. CORD 1.0 was implemented from 2011–2015 and included approaches across schools, early care and education centers, and clinics to support children with overweight and obesity and their families. For more information.

CORD 2.0 was launched in June 2016 and looks closely at childhood obesity prevention and management in the primary care setting and referrals and outcomes from weight management programs. Learn details on CORD 2.0.

  1. Rudowitz,R; Artiga, S; and Arguella, R. Children’s Health Coverage: Medicaid, CHIP and the ACA. In: The Kaiser Family Foundation on Medicaid and the Uninsured. Washington, DC: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; 2014. source
  2. Freedman D. Obesity—United States, 1988–2008. In: CDC. CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report—United States, 2011. MMWR Suppl. 2011;60(No. Suppl 1).