Date of Publication:

March 13, 2008

This Policy Roundtable Report summarizes the March13, 2008, Altarum Institute Policy Roundtable in which guest speaker Dr. Matt Longjohn shared his thoughts on future directions in childhood obesity surveillance.

Over the last three decades, childhood obesity has reached epidemic levels, threatening to erode longevity and quality of life for the current generation of youth. Effective interventions are needed to better understand population trends, efficiently mobilize scarce resources, and assess the efficacy or effectiveness of interventions.

Dr. Longjohn’s presentation focused on the question, “How do we know what works?” While his orientation is to look from a state-level perspective, he also addressed how local efforts can influence state-level policies and considered the different models which can be used to assess efforts to contain the epidemic.



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