Changing Health through Innovative Leadership Development (CHILD) is a communications and messaging initiative designed to elevate the voices of state and local elected and appointed officials working to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in communities of color.

The primary goals of CHILD are to:

  • increase awareness about childhood obesity in communities of color;
  • strengthen the ability of elected and appointed officials representing those communities to develop effective solutions that promote healthy eating and active living (HEAL);
  • build the capacity of policy-makers to engage the media on the impact of and solutions to childhood obesity in communities of color.

Ultimately, this initiative seeks to increase the public will to make policy and environmental changes that support healthy eating and physical activity in the most disproportionately affected communities.

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