Are you looking for news, articles, activities or events related to obesity prevention?  Then look no further!  Check out these resources below to spur ideas and get moving on your projects!


National Physical Activity Plan & Sector Fact Sheets

National Physical Activity Guidelines

National Dietary Guidelines

Let’s Move

Active Texas 2020 (lots of resources listed in the appendix)

National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN)

Bike Texas

New Online Tool Measures ‘School Wellness’ Policies

The WellSAT (Wellness School Assessment Tool) is an online evaluation tool to measure the quality of school wellness polices by addressing nutrition education and promotion, physical activity and education, school meals and competitive foods.

Online Tool


New Web Site: is a groundbreaking new tool sponsored by RWJF to help build the movement to reverse childhood obesity and connect leaders in the movement with one another. Features include an interactive map of the movement, widgets and more.


Video: Equity Issues in Childhood Obesity

Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink CEO and chair of the RWJF Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity National Advisory Board, is featured in a compelling, insightful video about childhood obesity and the equity agenda.


Report: 3 of 10 People Will Be Latino in 2050

Latinos are increasingly shaping the demographic makeup of the U.S., and by 2050 about three of every 10 people are expected to be Latino, according to a population update by Rogelio Saenz of the Population Reference Bureau.

Population Update



Salud America!, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), has released its 2nd Annual Scientific Summit Report. The summit, held from Sept. 22-24, 2010, in San Antonio, discussed Latino childhood obesity and showcased the progress being made by the program’s 20 pilot investigators to reverse the epidemic. Other summit speakers included Laura Leviton, RWJF special advisor for evaluation, Mildred Thompson, deputy director of the RWJF Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity, Judith Ottoson, independent evaluation consultant, and several others.

Summit Report


Got a Healthy Recipe for Kids?

The Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge, part of the Let’s Move! initiative, is inviting chefs, students, food service professionals, parents and others to work together to develop tasty, nutritious, kid-approved foods. The submission deadline is December 30, 2010.

Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge


We Can! Materials in Spanish

We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition), a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute program, has new educational materials in Spanish for caregivers, parents and kids.



Youths’ Overweight and Obesity Rates by Race/Ethnicity

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report offers new statistics on overweight and obesity among youths ages 6-19. The stats show higher obesity rates among Hispanic boys (26.7%) than white (18.2%) or black boys (18.9%).



Report on Uninsured Children

The Urban Institute’s new report, Uninsured Children: Who Are They and Where Do They Live?, provides estimates on the number of uninsured children across each state, and other data.



Presentation Resource for Local Governments, Communities

The CDC and Common Community Measures for Obesity Prevention Project have developed a slide presentation for local governments and communities that want to build the case for investing in obesity prevention at the community level.



Childhood Obesity Policy Updates

The RWJF Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity sends weekly emails on policy issues and updates on childhood obesity. On the center’s Web site, click on “Stay Informed” to sign up.


Follow Salud America!: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

The team behind Salud America! produces a blog, called SaludToday, which focuses on Latino child and adult health, cancer and obesity. We also are active on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

SaludToday Blog





Follow the Alliance for a Healthier Generation on Twitter, YouTube

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has launched Twitter and YouTube pages featuring videos and updates on the Alliance and its efforts to fight childhood obesity.






Latino Children and Diabetes Risk: Do Chromosomes Hold New Clues?

Children who have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes might be identified earlier by using tell-tale genetic indicators known as biomarkers. To identify biomarkers, Dr. Nancy Butte, a Salud America! national advisory committee member and researcher at the Baylor College of Medicine, is mapping genes on a region of chromosome 13. This region was found to influence fasting blood sugar levels in a study by Dr. Butte involving more than 1,000 Latino kids. Biomarkers revealed by this mapping may indicate Latino kid’s predisposition to type 2 diabetes.

News Story

Childhood Obesity Might Be Linked to Strain of Cold Virus

At least part of the blame for childhood obesity might be traced to a certain strain of the virus that causes the common cold. New research published in Pediatrics shows that kids ages 8-18 (62% of who were Latinos) who were infected by adenovirus 36, which causes the common cold and slight gastrointestinal upset, were an average of 50 pounds heavier than children who hadn’t been infected by this particular strain.

News Story


Forty Percent of Kids’ Calories Come From Solid Fat, Sugar

About 40% of total calories consumed by children ages 2-18 were “empty” calories from solid fat and added sugars, according to research in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza and whole milk were the primary sources of most of these calories. Major contributors among Mexican-American kids included Mexican mixed dishes and whole milk.

Journal Article

News Story



Obesity Hurts Wallets, Health

George Washington University researchers calculated medical bills, employee sick days, lost productivity and more-and found the annual cost of being obese is $4,879 for a woman and $2,646 for a man. The cost of being overweight was $524 for women and $432 for men. Nearly 18 percent of adolescents now are obese, and Latinos are at a much greater risk.

News Story


5 Tips to Fight Childhood Obesity

Given that more Latino children are obese or overweight than the general population, CDC obesity expert Dr. Felipe Lobelo offered five simple tips to fight childhood obesity: Eat more fruits and vegetables; spend less time in front of a screen; exercise more; eliminate sugary drinks; and parents, set the example.

News Release

Illinois: Lack of Access to Sports, Healthy Food Contributes to Minorities’ Obesity

Minority children of lower socioeconomic status tend to have less access to after-school sports and healthy food, which contributes to higher obesity rates, according to Medill Reports. To bring sports and recreation to the underserved in the Chicago area, the Girls in the Game program brings tennis, soccer and other sports into local parks and schools.

News Story

Texas: More Houston Children Walk to School

Houston’s urban students who are at the most risk for obesity are also the most likely to get more physical activity going by walking or biking to school, KUHF reports. The research, led by Dr. Jason Mendoza of the Baylor College of Medicine, found that, among local low-income, mostly minority, elementary students, 43 percent of trips to school were made by either walking or biking.

News Story

Texas: Low-Income Families Find Healthy Fare at Farmer’s Markets

Officials in Tarrant County, Texas, have teamed with local farmers to create three farmer’s markets that better connect low-income families with locally-grown healthful foods. Farmers have redeemed $56,000 in vouchers from the Women, Infants and Children Program this year, up from $36,000 last year-a clear sign that the markets are growing in popularity.

News Story


Texas: Health Fair Promotes Healthy Lifestyles for Latinos

Given the high obesity rates in the Latino community, the League of United Latin American Citizens, Walgreens and the Phi Alpha Chapter of Our Lady of the Lake conducted a health fair aimed at educating parents and children about eating healthy and exercising.

News Story

Utah: Officials to Study Minority Infant Mortality, Obesity Rates

New federal grants are helping Utah health officials understand why black, Pacific Islander and Latino babies have some of the highest infant mortality rates in the state and how to reverse that trend, the Deseret News reports. While the majority of Utah adults are overweight, the black rate is 72.4 percent, Pacific Islander 78.4 percent and Latino 67.3 percent.

News Story




Webinars on Obesity

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) provides a listing of upcoming webinars on topics related to childhood obesity. The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity is currently hosting an in-person seminar series. The RWJF Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity has hosted several webinar series and makes the webinars and participants’ presentations available on its Web site.

NCCOR Webinar List

Rudd Center Webinar Series

RWJF Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity

U.S. Hispanic Nutrition Research and Education Center Conference

The U.S. Hispanic Nutrition Research and Education Center’s conference, Food As Medicine: Comida Como Su Medicina, is set for October 29-30, 2010, at the Regional Academic Health Center of The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio in Harlingen, Texas. Kip Gallion of Salud America! will present information at the conference.

Conference E-mail

APHA Annual Meeting

The American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition is scheduled for Nov. 6-10, 2010, in Denver. Salud America! Director Dr. Amelie Ramirez will lead a session featuring Salud America! pilot investigators Drs. Shari Barkin, Cristina Barroso and Emma Sanchez.


Texas Obesity Research Center Conference
The Texas Obesity Research Center’s second conference, Advancing Obesity Research in a New Decade, will be held November 18-19, 2010, at the University of Houston.



Active Living Research Annual Conference
Active Living Research will conduct its annual conference, Partnerships for Progress in Active Living: From Research to Action, on February 22-24, 2011, in San Diego.



NIH Annual Conference

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) 4th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation: Policy and Practice is set for March 21-22, 2011, in Bethesda, Md.



ISBNPA Annual Meeting
The International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity’s annual meeting, Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity: The Latest International Research, is set for June 15-18, 2011, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.



6th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference

Several California agencies will conduct the 6th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference June 28-July 1, 2011, in San Diego.