An inter-governmental approach to childhood obesity

Christine Bozlak*, Adam Becker, Jennifer Herd, Andrew Teitelman, Judah Viola, Bradley Olson, Bechara Choucair

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Childhood obesity continues to be a global epidemic. Prevention of this public health problem requires an inter-disciplinary and social ecological approach. This chapter describes the history, function, and structure of the City of Chicago's Inter-Departmental Task Force on Childhood Obesity (IDTF), a government coalition created in 2006 by four city agencies in Chicago with the support of staff from a multi-sectoral obesity prevention coalition, to confront the rising epidemic. Now with eleven member agencies, this award-winning task force offers lessons learned for other localities working to take a governmental approach to confront one of the greatest public health threats of our time. Recommendations are provided for governments of any size to consider as they address this global public health crisis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPublic Health
Subtitle of host publicationImproving Health via Inter-Professional Collaborations
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781633215948
ISBN (Print)9781633215696
StatePublished - Jul 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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