The Institute of Medicine (IOM) today released a report that outlines comprehensive strategies for addressing the nation’s obesity epidemic and calls on leaders in all sectors to accelerate action to advance those strategies.
The RWJF-sponsored report, Accelerating Progress on Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation, highlights five key goals for reversing the epidemic:
- Make physical activity an integral and routine part of life.
- Create food and beverage environments that ensure healthy food and beverage options are the routine, easy choice.
- Transform messages about physical activity and nutrition.
- Expand the role of health care providers, insurers and employers in obesity prevention.
- Make schools a national focal point for obesity prevention.
Each goal is buttressed by a specific recommendation and strategies for achieving those recommendations. The recommendations and strategies target all sectors of society, including policy-makers at the local, state and federal level businesses, schools, doctors and parents.
“This report tells us now, we have the science to make the changes we need,” said James S. Marks, MD, MPH, RWJF senior vice president and director of the Foundation’s Health Group. “It is now up to us as leaders to make those changes in our communities.