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Monday, November 29, 2010

Working to Prevent Obesity

Rebecca Frank, Network Analyst and Coordinator for writes:

On behalf of many in the movement to reverse childhood obesity, I’d like to say thank you.

You are often on the front lines of the fight against childhood obesity, working to help children and families understand the connection between food and activity choices now and healthy, productive lives in the future. You are an essential part of the support network for families and communities working on childhood obesity. Increasingly, nurses are engaged in not only treating obese children but also asking why are so many kids are becoming obese. Nurses like you are looking beyond the bedside and the patient out to the policy and environment that makes it even harder to eat well or be active.

Now there is a new resource to help in these efforts:, a hub of tools and services for leaders who are working to organize others to help the next generation live healthier. The focus of the services are to help leaders in the field “build the base” with online activity AND to foster connections among leaders so you can share, collaborate and take action together.

Does this sound like something that would help you do your work in the community? Would this help you proactively keep kids healthy, and keep them from needing treatment?

Join the map. Join the movement.

The premiere service of our site is a “Map of the Movement.” This innovative map is a visual representation of the network of leaders fighting childhood obesity, and is a great way to connect you with other leaders working on your specific issue, in your community, or across the country.

A leader is someone working at any level to change policies and environments to help children and families eat well and move more, especially in communities at highest risk for obesity. If you organize others -- be it 10 to 10,000,000 -- to change polices and environments, we hope the team and the services will aid your efforts. If you’re not organizing others, we’d like to invite you to register as an Individual, to help show there is a network of activists who are concerned about child obesity nationwide.

One other thing - all the services and tools -services are free, to help you do your work better.

Please check out the site, register as a leader or individual, sign up to be on the map, and let us know what you think. You can reach our team at 800-399-9590 or We’re excited for you to join us, and can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, November 29, 2010  

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