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MOCAN Initiatives

Childhood Obesity Priority Actions

Given the magnitude and complexities of obesity, MOCAN is participating in transformative and multilevel approaches to impact this epidemic in Missouri.

Eat Smart in Parks and Eat Smart, Play Hard

Eat Smart in Parks (ESIP) and Eat Smart, Play Hard (ESPH) are statewide efforts aimed at promoting healthier eating options in Missouri’s state and local parks and schools. These efforts include the development of a model policy that guides parks and schools in serving healthier options, training to assist them with using the guidelines, and materials to promote healthier items.

SKIP the Salt, Help the Heart

A pilot project based in Kansas City, Missouri aimed at raising awareness about the importance of reducing salt intake from prepackaged and fast foods. As part of the state-based initiative, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) formed the Sodium Knowledge in Practice (SKIP) Partnership in 2011. SKIP is a statewide alliance of community, academic and public health groups and professionals working to reduce the health and financial burdens of excess sodium intake in Missouri.

Missouri Livable Streets

Missouri Livable Streets is working with cities and towns across the state to help create safer, more active and vibrant neighborhoods across Missouri.

Missouri Farm to School

Also known as Farm to Institution, this project involves purchasing and using locally and regionally grown and raised products in schools, hospitals, child care centers, universities, prisons and other institutional settings.

Live Like Your Life Depends On It (LLYLDOI)

This campaign encourages and helps Missourians to live healthier lives through four core messages: eat smart, move more, be tobacco free, and get recommended health screenings. MOCAN promotes “eat smart” and “move more” as those are the targeted behaviors for policy and environmental changes encouraged by member organizations.