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Longer, Healthier Lives for Kids

How can the US reverse a 30-year trend of rising childhood obesity? A team led by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy is out to find the answer.

ChildObesity180 is an initiative aimed at identifying and implementing workable solutions to make young people healthier. A team of prominent experts and leaders from the public, private, academic and nonprofit sectors have been brought together to craft innovative approaches to address this public health epidemic.

After rigorous analysis, project teams are taking the best ideas and pulling together the funding and personnel needed to bring them to fruition. Several initiatives are already under way. For example, Healthy Kids Out of Schools, a partnership of leading out-of school-time organizations, such as, the Boy Scouts, Youth Soccer and Pop Warner, is implementing three vital principles into their programming nationwide: Drink Right, Move More, Snack Smart, that will reach millions of children. The Active Schools Acceleration Project, a program endorsed by First Lady Michelle Obama, is helping thousands of schools nationwide launch innovative physical activity programs.

Together with community partners and generous donors, ChildObesity180 is paving the way for children to live longer, healthier lives.

To learn more about ChildObesity180, including how you can support it, contact Cindy Briggs Tobin, senior director of development for the Friedman School, at 617.636.0962 or cindy.briggs@tufts.edu.