​Shaping the Health of the Next Generation:
Early Obesity Prevention Policy Roundtable Series

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In the summer and fall of 2015, the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight convened three roundtable meetings to examine policy opportunities with the greatest potential to prevent childhood obesity during the window between pregnancy and a child’s fifth birthday (P-5). Special priority was placed on identifying policies that would help the populations most at-risk for obesity. This project was funded through a grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To view and download the full executive summary, click here.


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A number of policy strategies emerged from the policy roundtables which were categorized into 7 policy themes. Please find the full table of policy opportunities below or you can view the subset of policy opportunities by the themes which they fall under.   Please note the policy opportunities in these documents do not reflect the policy agenda of AAP or RWJF at this time, but they will inform both organizations’ work in this area.

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The detailed proceedings from each of the roundtables can be accessed below.

  • Roundtable 1: Pregnancy and infancy (June 22 – 23, 2015) Click to view proceedings
    • Focus: prenatal, perinatal, postpartum until the child’s first birthday

  • Roundtable 2: Early childhood (November 9 – 10, 2015) Click to view proceedings
    • Focus: children ages 1-5, with a focus on the spheres of influence outside the home

  • Roundtable 3: Building a culture of health at home (December 16 – 17, 2015) Click to view proceedings
    • Focus: supporting families in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to create a culture of health at home also included healthcare and workplace environments as well as other settings where parents (and future parents) intersect