Here's a look at what's in the works for 2013.
Weighing In, through a contract with the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, is producing a research-based regional systems map that reflects the variety of community agencies and service providers who play a role in prevention and treatment of childhood obesity.
This document will meet these objectives:
- Conceptualize the system of agencies that play a role in the issues associated with childhood obesity from prevention through treatment.
- Describe the roles and influence of the various program elements within the system;
- Guide collaboration and planning functions to align our efforts for success.
The Systems Map will be available by the end of 2013.
Childhood Obesity Metrics
While there is a wealth of data on population-based rates of adult obesity and risk factors, there is limited data available on children at the local level making it difficult to tailor plans based on needs and track progress over time. Weighing In has contracted with the University of Missouri-Columbia to lead a process to select measures and indicators to create a comprehensive profile of childhood obesity for the Greater Kansas City area. This profile will enable community partners to identify priorities, focus plans and track progress over time.
The metrics will be available by the end of 2013.