Prior to January 2013, the CDC funded grantees at three research facilities tasked with identifying effective childhood obesity prevention strategies, as well as an additional grantee that serves as an evaluation center (see related press release and funding announcement). CDC noted that, at the end of the project in September 2015, it will disseminate the findings and provide recommendations for successful strategies to prevent obesity among underserved children throughout the country. To view the most current information about the program, visit the CDC’s webpage dedicated to this effort.
On a related note, the month of September marked National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. In conjunction with this recognition, the CDC released a report that “shows that obesity among low-income preschoolers has declined slightly in 19 states and territories. In addition, a new report on schools shows improvements to classroom approaches on nutrition and physical activity,” a HHS press release indicates.
In August 2013, ASPE published an issue brief that includes information regarding the demonstration project.
SEC. 4306. FUNDING FOR CHILDHOOD OBESITY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT.
Section 1139A(e)(8) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320b–9a(e)(8)) is amended to read as follows: ‘‘(8) APPROPRIATION.—Out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, there is appropriated to carry out this subsection, $25,000,000 for the period of fiscal years 2010 through 2014.’’.