Thinking Outside the Box to Curb Childhood Obesity
Nearly one in three young people in the U.S. is either overweight or obese. That puts them at greater risk for serious, even life-threatening health problems. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has long been committed to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic, and we believe everyone must play a role in that effort.
That’s why RWJF joined forces with the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) to sponsor an online competition for innovators of all backgrounds to submit promising solutions to address this epidemic. We were looking for proposals that might be described as “outside the box,” e.g., outside the traditional intervention and scientific publishing models. New approaches to this issue could generate valuable directions and perspective for our work and funding.
From July 1 to August 15, AJPM received 107 submissions that propose a wide range of unconventional and creative solutions. We hope you’ll visit the submission gallery on AJPM’s website. Join the conversation about childhood obesity by commenting on individual submissions—or, better yet, register and vote for your favorite idea before the voting period closes on September 30. On that day, an expert panel of judges will announce four winners, who will all receive cash prizes. In addition, AJPM will publish the first-place submission online, and a description of the submission in its print version.
We hope you’ll share any good ideas you find with others—from health care professionals to teachers and parent groups—to increase awareness of this critical health issue in your community. These types of conversations — and creativity — will play an important role in turning the tide in the fight against childhood obesity.