Welcome to the Southern Obesity Summit! We hope you are ready for an exciting journey from where you are, to where you want to be! To help guide your journey we have created a roadmap with some key questions you will find answers to as you attend the different sessions. The ultimate goal is for you to identify strategies and partner with others to work on obesity prevention across the south. This is your own personal roadmap that should help you map out issues, identify solutions and begin discussions about implementation with others in your community, state and across the south!
What changes do you see in your state/community/school that might have/are having an impact on obesity? Physical environment- parks, sidewalks; food policy councils, student fitness data, etc. See Community Commons and County Health Rankings for options you can use to map the health of your community.
There are many strategies that can have an impact on obesity. Which strategies are feasible for you and/ or your organization to pursue? (school nutrition/physical activity, marketing, nutrition standards, build environment, early childcare requirements, healthcare, etc.) For recommended strategies see the following websites: IOM Accelerating Progress (2012) Rudd Center
What policies do you feel you could support/advocate for in your state? See policy database from Rudd Center to find policies in your state on nutrition See school policies at NASBE See SHAPE America for Health and PE/PA resources
How can you build equity into your strategies? Both those that exist and/or new ones you are considering? Visit the APHA and