Task Force on Early Childhood Obesity Prevention

The NCIOM Task Force on Early Childhood Obesity Prevention is working on developing recommendations that address barriers and ensure systems and services are available to improve young children, ages 0-5, and their families’ physical and nutritional health.

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The work of this task force will be featured at the Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Summit March 19, 2014.
Co-Chairs
Kathy Higgins
President
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation
Olson Huff, MD
Chair, Board of Directors
North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc.
Project Director  Kimberly Alexander-Bratcher, MPH
Project Director
North Carolina Institute of Medicine
Meeting Dates (10:00 AM - 3:00 PM)

  • Friday September 30, 2011 (Introductory)

  • Friday October 21, 2011 (Clinical)

  • Friday November  18, 2011 (Clinical)

  • Friday December 16, 2011 (Clinical)

  • Friday January 20, 2012 (Community)

  • Friday February 17, 2012 (Community)

  • Friday March 16, 2012 (Community)

  • Friday April 20, 2012 (Community)

  • Friday May 18, 2012 (Community)

  • Friday June 15, 2012 (Community)

  • Friday July 20, 2012 (Community)

  • Friday August 17, 2012 (Community)

  • Friday September 28, 2012 (Core)

  • Friday November 16, 2012 (Policy)

  • Friday January 11, 2013 (Policy)

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2013




Task Force Overview

At the request of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation (BCBSNCF), the NCIOM is convening a task force to develop a multi-faceted plan to prevent and reduce early childhood obesity, in collaboration with BCBSNCF and the North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC).

The Task Force is charged to:

(1)   examine evidence-based and promising practices from prior North Carolina related task forces, as well as from the White House and national Institute of Medicine Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention; and

(2)   develop a strategic plan to prevent or reduce early childhood obesity in North Carolina that can serve as a blueprint for foundations, government, health professional associations, and other community groups interested in improving the health of young children, ages 0-5.

The task force is organized around a core group that is requested to attend all topic group meetings.  This smaller group will include representatives of BCBSNCF and NCPC, as well as other key stakeholders such as representatives of state and local agencies, health professional associations, foundations, and consumer groups.  After the first introductory meeting, we will organize the work around different levels of the socioecological model of health behavior.The three topic groups consist of the related concentric circles of our model.  The three topic groups are clinical, community and environment, and public policies. The objective of the topic groups is to bring expertise in specific areas.  For example, meetings may focus on:

Clinical, including:  educating clinicians about healthy weight gain in mothers, educating pregnant women and parents about healthy lifestyle behaviors.

Community and environment, including:  social marketing campaigns; parental education about the importance of prenatal care, smoking cessation, and healthy weight gain during pregnancy; parenting classes; reducing screen time; adequate physical activity, improving nutrition and exercise in child care settings, reducing television time in child care settings, improving the physical environment.

Public policies, including:  changes to the star rating system for childcare centers, enforcement of existing public policies (such as new laws to promote breastfeeding), funding for NAP-SACC.

We anticipate several meetings in each area and will invite other key stakeholders to participate.  The groups will examine evidence-based and promising practices in order develop a strategic plan to address early childhood obesity in North Carolina.  This plan can serve as a blueprint for foundations, government, health professional associations, and other community groups interested in improving the health of young children.