The Childhood Obesity Coalition was started in October 2008 led by East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Since then, the Coalition has grown to include more than 50 community agencies and organizations represented by over 130 individuals. The Coalition's mission is to improve the health of children through a community-wide coalition focusing on reducing the incidence of childhood obesity. The vision is to become one of America's fittest cities, a lofty goal which uses an ecological approach of interventions at all levels: individual, family, neighborhood, business, and rules and law. The goal is to reverse the trend of obesity, defined as >95.0 age and gender specific BMI percentile, among children. The Coalition's work is undertaken by three committees: Advocacy, Assessment and Outreach. We invite you or your organization to join a committee or participate in a variety of other ways. Working together we can improve the health of children and families.
Childhood Obesity Coalition
East Tennessee Children's Hospital P.O. Box 15010 Knoxville, TN37901-5010 United States
Health Happens! Preschool Program The Health Happens! program is sponsored through a grant received from Blue Cross Blue Shield and is offered to preschools in the surrounding counties that meet grant requirements. This program is partnered with the University of Tennessee Department of Nutrition and Public Health. Health Happens! is a nutrition and physical activity program that includes parent and preschool teacher classes.
Healthy Kids Club
Healthy Kids Club is sponsored by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Knoxville, Tennessee, Inc. This program is afterschool for elementary and middle school students. Healthy Kids Club consists of cardiovascular activities and strength building exercises along with nutrition information and tastes test that encourage students to build healthy habits at a young age.
Kids Can Bike
Kids can Bike is funded through a grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Knoxville, Tennessee. It is in partnership with the City of Knoxville Parks & Recreation, Transportation Planning Organization, and University of Tennessee Department of Kinesiology. The purpose of this program is to encourage children to be active through bike riding, be safe while riding, and to enjoy Knoxville's greenways.
Grub Club is a partnership program sponsored by Keurig Green Mountain and Knox County Parks and Recreation. The Grub Club program teaches children about the importance of eating healthy food and how such food is grown and harvested. Grub Club includes educational lessons on gardening and nutrition education, taste tests, crafts, and fun, active games.
iRun iRun is sponsored by Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. The program teaches participants how to properly train for a race and how to fuel the body. The goal of iRun is to increase a child's physical activity level, educate on the importance of daily exercise and good nutrition, and the enjoyment of living a healthy lifestyle.
Facts About Childhood Obesity
Overweight and obesity projections in America Adults and Children (2010-2048)
A child who is overweight before the age of 8 is at risk for severe adult obesity.
80% of children overweight at age 10-15 were obese adults at age 25
25% of obese adults were overweight as children
33.1% of Knox County students are overweight or obese
Obese children and adolescents have an increased risk for:
Type 2 Diabetes
Stroke, Liver & Gallbladder Disease
Cancers (breast, endometrial & colon)
Coalition Strategies to Fight Childhood Obesity
Work with individuals, families, clinical settings, schools, communities and government to identify, manage, and ultimately, prevent childhood obesity in the community.
Create interventions and models for improvement that can be replicated throughout Tennessee and the nation.
Perform research to learn more about the success of obesity prevention and treatment efforts.
Partner with national experts to improve the care of children who are overweight and obese.
Reduce childhood obesity by promoting policy change.
Build awareness and educate the public about the problem of childhood obesity.
Catalyze partnerships and encourage collaboration among existing community resources.
Plant seeds of information and build momentum for action without being proscriptive.
Ensure strategies emphasize policy and environmental changes and not just individual and family efforts.
Research and provide culturally competent educational materials.
Serve as a forum for speakers.
Engage in outreach and media campaign.
Support the creation of programs and existing programs with similar missions.
Identify funding opportunities to support ongoing efforts.
Facilitate opportunities for organizations and agencies of a like mind to partner on programs and activities that promote healthy lifestyle choices.
Obesity Coalition Partners
American Heart Association
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Campbell County Schools
Cherokee Health Systems
Children's Museum of Oak Ridge
Coordinated School Health Anderson County
Coordinated School Health Knox County
Down Syndrome Awareness Group
East Tennessee Discovery Center
Florence Crittenton Agency
Fort Sanders West Fitness
Girls on the Run
Greater Schools Partnership
Junior League of Knoxville
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Knox County Board of Education
Knox County Commission
Knox County Health Department
Knox County Parks and Recreation
Knox County Schools
Knoxville Academy of Medicine
Knoxville Academy of Medicine Alliance
Knoxville Botanical Gardens
Knoxville City Council
Knoxville Community Development Corp.
Knoxville News Sentinel
Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
League of Women Voters
Muse of Knoxville
New Harvest Park Farmer's Market
ORNL/UT Animal Science
Our Daily Bread of TN
Radio Systems Corp.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Knoxville, Tennessee, Inc.
Safe Routes to School
Transportation Planning Organization
United Way of Greater Knoxville
UT Ag Extension
UT Eco Garden
UT Exercise Science
UT Farmer's Market
UT Medical Center
UT Obesity Research Center
Volunteer State Health Plan
Obesity Coalition Resources
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