Articles & Press Releases
Resources & Tools
- Healthier Food Retail: Beginning the Assessment Process in Your State or Community (website)
NEW TOOL! Communities can assess their retail environment to better understand the current landscape and differences in accessing healthier foods.
- USDA Launches MyPlate Icon to Help Consumers Make Healthier Food Choices (website)
MyPlate will replace the MyPyramid image as the government's primary food group symbol with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times.
- State Action Guides (website)
Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors site featuring Children's Food Environment Indicator Report State Action Guides as well as customizable PowerPoint presentation for presenting the Indicator Report to audiences within your state.
- Interested in Becoming a Healthy Active Living Hero? (pdf)
The AAP Healthy Active Living for Families: Right from the Start project will develop, test, and disseminate a series of positive and developmentally appropriate messages related to obesity prevention for use at pediatric well-child visits. This project is unique because it focuses on obesity prevention for infants and very young children and incorporates parent input throughout the material development process.
Initial focus groups were conducted in fall 2010 to better understand families' concerns, questions and experiences surrounding healthy active living and obesity prevention. The project's Editorial Board used this parent feedback, along with expert panel recommendations, AAP Bright Futures Guidelines and data from several national studies to create a series of positive, developmentally appropriate, plain language messages for families. We're now conducting another round of focus groups to see if the messages are actionable and meaningful to parents.
We are looking for providers in several regions of the country to assist with parent recruitment for these 1-time focus groups. Please see the attached PDF for further information on how to become a Healthy Active Living Hero! If you would like to participate, please contact Amy Kephart, MPH, Program Manager, Obesity Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Order CHOPCHOP Magazine (magazine)
CHOPCHOP is a quarterly food magazine for kids aged 5-12 and their families that is full of fun and healthy recipes, games, and food facts.