Healthy People eLearning Webinar: Reducing Childhood Obesity (Part 1 of 10)


>>EMMELINE OCHIAI: Today’s webinar was developed
to complement our first Healthy People eLearning lesson, which focuses on San Diego’s Childhood
Obesity Initiative and how to define and measure success in a systems approach. To build on
that topic, today’s webinar brings both experts and communities together to problem-solve
around how we can implement and evaluate policy and environmental changes that work to reduce childhood obesity. Next slide. Healthy People eLearning lessons and activities like the one today are designed to help communities learn how to reach the Nation’s health goals
as outlined by Healthy People 2020. Lessons and activities feature case studies of communities working to reach Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicator objectives and are designed
to take participants beyond the data to explore the challenges, successes, and processes involved
in creating and sustaining healthier communities. Next slide.
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion partners with the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention to offer free continuing education for Healthy People eLearning activities.
After this webinar you will be eligible to obtain the following types of continuing education:
Continuing Medical Education, Continuing Education Contact Hours in Health Education, and Continuing
Education Units. You will need to complete a brief post-test and evaluation to receive
your continuing education or certificate of completion. For directions on how to obtain
continuing education for this activity, visit Healthy People eLearning under the Learn tab
at HealthyPeople.gov. For today’s webinar, we are delighted to be
joined by a diverse group of panelists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
Health Resources and Services Administration’s Healthy Weight Collaborative, as well as two
HRSA Healthy Weight Collaborative communities — San Diego, California and Sarasota, Florida. All of our panelists will be joined, all of
our panelists will be on the line and ready to participate in today’s Q&A and we will
also be joined by Dr. Shikha Anand, Director of Obesity Strategic Operations for National
Initiative for Health, for Children’s Healthcare Quality, which worked with HRSA to implement
the Healthy Weight Collaborative project. Next slide.
During today’s webinar you will learn about: Healthy People and the Healthy People 2020
Leading Health Indicator topic on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity; resources
and indicators of policy and environmental change in obesity prevention; HRSA’s Healthy
Weight Collaborative; the challenges and opportunities communities face when measuring policy and
environmental change; and how individual strategies can be linked to and scaled with larger population
level policy and environmental strategies. Next slide.
So, what is Healthy People? Often called a “roadmap” for nationwide health promotion
and disease prevention efforts, Healthy People is about understanding where we are now, and
taking informed action to get where we want to go over a ten-year period.
It provides science-based objectives for improving the health of the Nation, engages a network
of multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral stakeholders at all levels; creates a comprehensive strategic
framework for health promotion and disease prevention issues; and includes specific measurable
objectives with targets to be achieved by the year 2020.
Healthy People calls for the tracking of data-driven measures and outcomes that monitor our progress
over time, allowing us to see trends and to motivate, inform and focus action. Next slide.
Healthy People is used in many ways — by health officials at the national, state or
local levels; national membership organizations; businesses, health professionals and researchers.
Consider Healthy People as a menu from which you can choose a la carte items for your needs.
It is used as: a data tool for measuring program performance; a framework for program planning
and development, a goal setting and agenda building platform; a foundation for teaching
public health courses; benchmarks for comparing State and local data; a national agenda for
forging partnerships; and a model for other countries. For more information on Healthy
People, visit the “About” section on HealthyPeople.gov. Next slide, please.
Healthy People 2020 includes a set of Leading Health Indicators. The Leading Health Indicators,
otherwise known as the LHIs, represent critical health issues that, if addressed appropriately,
will dramatically reduce the leading causes of preventable deaths and illnesses. These
indicators, or critical health issues, are linked to specific Healthy People objectives.
The LHIs have been selected to communicate high-priority health issues to the public,
along with actions that can be taken to address them, with the overall goal of improving the
health of our entire population. One of the LHIs is Nutrition, Physical Activity, and
Obesity. Next slide, please. In today’s webinar we will focus on policy
and environmental strategies that are working to address the Leading Health Indicators specific
to children, which are highlighted here and include: the Nutrition and Weight Status objective
10.4: Children and adolescents who are considered obese and the Nutrition and Weight Status
objective-15.1: Total vegetable intake for persons aged 2 years and older.

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