Strong partnerships yielded effective strategies.
The factors that have led to this childhood obesity epidemic are varied and complex. More than 100 subject matter experts and stakeholders from 84 businesses, nonprofits, and community organizations have worked with Jump IN staff over the past two years to develop strategies that address these factors to create better health outcomes for children.
Jump IN for Healthy Kids Task Forces
Nutrition and Physical Activity Task Forces: With a focus on (a) helping children and their families access and eat healthier foods and (b) creating opportunities for kids to be physically active, respectively, these two task forces developed and prioritized a comprehensive set of strategies for schools, child care providers, employers and others to promote good nutrition and physical activity. Although both task forces completed their formal work in 2015, members of each continue to support Jump IN’s implementation efforts in multiple ways.
Current Task Forces:
Clinician Engagement - Creating continuing education programs and tools/resources to help health professionals across many disciplines appropriately discuss healthy weight and lifestyle issues with children and their families.
Communication and Public Awareness - Educating the community about the problem of childhood obesity in Indiana and the healthy behaviors needed to combat it.
Data and Analytics - Measuring ongoing progress for best results and accountability.
Employer Wellness - Working with employers to ensure their wellness programs provide consistent counseling, resources and incentives to support healthy families.
Public Policy - Advocating at the local, state and federal levels for policy changes that will lead to healthier communities.
Major employers and community organizations are leading the way to create healthier environments for families and children. Want to do your part? Learn more about the Jump IN Pledge.