Policy Oppportunities Tool

The Policy Opportunities Tool is designed to showcase the various policy strategies that support healthy active living for children and families. This tool is designed for healthcare professionals who have experience in advocacy and are interested in focusing their advocacy efforts on obesity prevention.


As healthcare professionals you regularly address healthy active living messages in your office with your patients and their families. This Policy Opportunities Tool identifies specific strategies to create healthier environments. As an advocate, there are many levels (i.e. practice, community, school, state, and Federal) at which you can work on positive policy change. Use your mouse to click on the cells of the matrix to learn more about the various healthy active living policy strategies.


These strategies are recommended by the AAP, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and/or the National Governor's Association (NGA).


For pediatricians who are less experienced advocates and who would like to learn about advocacy, the Academy offers multiple resources including the AAP Advocacy Guide, the AAP Online Resident Advocacy Modules, and live training opportunities.

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