Work Groups

MOCAN consists of a Steering Committee and the following Work Groups. Additional interest groups may be convened as needed, e.g. membership, funding, evaluation, etc.

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    Food Systems

    The Food Systems Work Group seeks ways to enhance access to healthy foods through support of approaches that provide increased opportunities for nutritious food selection.

    Please contact the Food Systems Work Group Chair to join the next conference call.

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    The purpose of the Healthcare Work Group is to increase support for healthcare professionals and healthcare systems to promote physical activity and nutrition habits that prevent and control obesity and obesity-related chronic disease in Missouri children and adults. We aim to accomplish this purpose through the following strategies:

    • Enhance prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity through improved healthcare professional knowledge, skills and practices.
    • Sponsor an award annually to both a healthcare professional and pre-professional displaying outstanding advocacy work in the area of prevention or treatment of obesity.

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    Please contact the Healthcare Work Group Chair to join the next conference call.

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    Physical Activity

    The purpose of this Work Group is to assure access to physical activity and healthy eating through the support of environments that provide opportunities for active living and nutritious food choices.

    Please contact the Physical Activity Work Group Chair to join the next conference call.

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    Through the work of partner agencies, the Policy/Communications Work Group aims to increase public awareness of sustaining healthy communities and supporting healthy lifestyles. The Missouri Farm to Table Bill was passed with assistance from several partner groups and this Work Group.

    The Communications Work Group, which is now part of the Policy group, supports all of the MOCAN work groups and develops cohesive messaging for dissemination among stakeholders. This group develops strategies for delivering messages that work to improve nutrition and physical activity behaviors.

    Please contact the Policy Work Group Chair to join the next conference call.

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    The purpose of the Schools Work Group is to assist schools with supporting policies and practices, environments and education that promote healthy food choices and physical activity. This purpose will be achieved by providing the target audiences with access to best practices, training, model policies and resources.

    Please contact the Schools Work Group Chair to join the next conference call.

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    Child Care

    The purpose of the Child Care Work Group is to assist child care educators in early care and education settings provide safe environments in which children grow and thrive. Working primarily with children birth to Kindergarten entry, child care educators are supported in creating policies and enacting processes based on best practices in nutrition and physical activity for young children. This is achieved by providing child care educators with access to training, technical assistance, model policies and resources.

    Please contact the Child Care Work Group Chair to join the next conference call.

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    The Worksites Work Group encourages businesses to start and implement a wellness program for their staff. The Work Well Missouri Resource Kit was developed to assist employers with reducing risk factors for chronic diseases, poor nutrition, inactivity, stress and tobacco use. The WorkWell Missouri Toolkit, which was recently revised, is designed to help organizations assess and improve workplace wellness policies and practices. To learn more about these initiatives and resources, visit the MU Extension Worksite Wellness website

    Please contact the Worksites Work Group Chair to join the next conference call.

In addition to general membership roles and responsibilities, Work Group members have these additional duties:

  • Identify two individuals to serve as members of the Steering Committee.
  • Attend the meetings of MOCAN and Work Groups, and meet as needed between large group meetings.
  • Assure Work Group representation at each MOCAN and Steering Committee meeting.
  • Join the appropriate Work Group List Serve.
  • Identify, recruit and retain additional members.
  • Contribute relevant data and other information, e.g., new research or information for evaluation activities.
  • Provide monthly and annual updates to the Steering Committee.
  • Provide technical assistance to MOCAN members.
  • Assist with the revision of the Burden of Overweight and Obesity document and the Plan as necessary.
  • Address specific time-sensitive needs.
  • Complete the activities of their respective Work Groups, collaboratively, as determined by the members.
  • Utilizing the Plan goals and objectives as a framework, gather and maintain an inventory of member agencies and their activities, and catalogue how they relate to the Plan.
  • Initiate and facilitate member discussions regarding issues that require action from their individual Work Groups. Examples include: pending legislation that may affect school wellness programs or policies, or MOCAN as a whole, e.g., legislation and policy issues that cut across all disciplines, e.g., those that would apply to all health promotion and chronic diseases, and may be better addressed through an interagency sub-group.
  • Actively participate in all of the meetings of MOCAN and their Work Group.
  • Undertake other responsibilities as identified.