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Am J Public Health. 2016 Mar;106(3):436-9. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.303002. Epub 2016 Jan 21.

The Voices for Healthy Kids Campaign and US State Legislation to Prevent Childhood Obesity.

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Sara N. Bleich, Hannah Jones, Marguerite O'Hara, and Lainie Rutkow are with the Department of Health Policy and Management, and Jesse Jones-Smith is with the Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD.

Abstract

We documented childhood obesity legislative activity in all 50 US states that occurred in parallel to the first year of Voices for Healthy Kids (Voices), a campaign to mobilize evidence-based legislation addressing childhood obesity. We identified 217 bills in the year before Voices (November 2012 to October 2013) and 304 bills at follow-up (November 2013 to October 2014). In states with active Voices grantees, the bill enactment rate was 50% higher (increasing from 10% at baseline to 15% at follow-up).

PMID:
26794169
PMCID:
PMC4816145
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2015.303002
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