Childhood Obesity Priority Actions
Aligning Missouri Efforts on Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity
Given the magnitude and complexities of obesity, MOCAN is
participating in transformative and multilevel approaches to impact
this epidemic in Missouri. The Children’s Services Commission
(CSC) convened the Subcommittee on Childhood Obesity in 2014 to
review the evidence regarding prevention and treatment approaches,
the current gaps in Missouri and the issues which contribute to
this problem. The Subcommittee compiled, publicly vetted and
presented five statewide, impactful, actionable and feasible
recommendations to the CSC in 2014:
- Update child care licensing rules on feeding practices, nutrition,
physical activity and screen time. Assure training and support
services for child care providers to meet new standards.
- Establish an Office of Student Wellness to maintain expectations for
health and physical education curricula. Modify school
accreditation by including a voluntary health and wellness
component. Provide support to schools to implement best
practices and school wellness policies.
- Reimburse licensed professionals with specialized training to
provide family-centered evidence-based multicomponent weight
reductions programs through Medicaid.
- Establish Centers of Excellence to provide and improve access to
evidence-based weight management services, build community-based
capacity for treatment and prevention, and evolve prevention and
- Establish a commission to oversee implementation, study
effectiveness and provide a forum for education and future actions.