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Arkansas Fights Fat: Translating Research Into Policy To Combat Childhood And Adolescent Obesity

Ryan, Kevin W. and Card-Higginson, Paula and McCarthy, Suzanne G. and Justus, Michelle B. and Thompson, Joseph W. (2006) Arkansas Fights Fat: Translating Research Into Policy To Combat Childhood And Adolescent Obesity. HEALTH AFFAIRS, 25 (4). pp. 992-1004.

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National recommendations to address the emerging obesity epidemic include increased awareness, individual interventions, and environmental changes. However, guidance for translating public health and clinical evidence into meaningful policies has been limited. Arkansas formulated and passed simple yet powerful legislation to combat childhood obesity through actions in public schools. Specific legislative requirements were straightforward. Importantly, the act included an independent mechanism to identify, examine, debate, and develop further action steps. Based on our experience, we present a framework for developing a cross-sector approach to translating science into policy and practice, and we offer this guide to other states facing similar health threats.

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Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: obesity epidemic, childhood obesity, public schools, legislative requirements, Arkansas
Subjects: Health > Policy
Health > Prenatal & Pediatric Health
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Obesity
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    Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2011
    Last Modified: 25 May 2011 09:43
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/644

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