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Weighing In

Integrating efforts to increase the proportion of Kansas City children at a healthy weight

 

Weighing In is a program at Children's Mercy that seeks to align community programs to help prevent and reduce childhood obesity. It supports collaborative community-based approaches to increase the number of children at a healthy weight. One of our primary goals is reducing the obesity rates for children and adolescents throughout Kansas City.

 

 

Why it's time to Weigh In

 


Too many children are obese, putting them at risk for a lifetime of problems.

  • Children who are overweight or obese as preschoolers are five times as likely as normal-weight children to be overweight or obese as adults.

  • In older children and adolescents, obesity is associated with high cholesterol, high blood sugar, asthma, and mental health problems.

  • Obese children are more likely to suffer lifelong physical and mental health problems.

Healthy Lifestyles Initiative

Learn how you can participate in Weighing In by implementing the Healthy Lifestyles Initiative framework and sharing the 12345 Fit-Tastic! message

How we're taking action


Weighing In supports collaborative community-based approaches to increase the number of children at a healthy weight. One of our primary goals is reducing the obesity rates for children and adolescents throughout Kansas City by:

  • Providing educational opportunities on prevention and treatment approaches

  • Using a systems approach and facilitate networking opportunities for the varied healthcare, school, public health, and community organizations with an interest in childhood obesity prevention and treatment

  • Supporting community working groups focused on specific settings or issues, such as early childhood, schools, and building comprehensive healthy lifestyle approaches

  • Tracking our collective progress in the region and evaluate what is working

Register for our upcoming quarterly meeting and see past meeting highlights.

Learn more about Weighing In initiatives and engagement efforts.

Support active living, healthy eating and healthy weight for all. Using a message campaign developed for the Greater Kansas City area, integrate approaches to increase the proportion of Kansas Citians at a healthy weight.

Working groups


If you are a community organization, health care professional, educator, child care provider, or an individual concerned about childhood obesity join one of the following working groups. Together we can help implement healthy lifestyle targeted strategies that can make a difference in the lives of our children today and tomorrow.

Promote action to improve healthy eating and active play based on Weighing In's assessment of current practices at area child care providers.

Leverage available resources and implement actions to address priorities found in Weighing In's recent school wellness policy assessment.

Contact us


For inquiries about Weighing In or to join a working group, contact:

Robin Shook
Director, Weighing In
Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition
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Shelly Summar
Program Manager, Weighing In
Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition
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Joy Delgandio
Administrative Assistant, Weighing In
Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition
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Emily DeWit
Project Coordinator, Weighing In
Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition
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Emily Meissen-Sebelius
Project Coordinator, Weighing In
Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition
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