Child Obesity180 | City of Ideas
On October 10th, the Massachusetts Health Council celebrated statewide public health accomplishments at their annual "Dining with the Stars" gala event at the Sheraton Boston. This year’s event was particularly exciting for us at the Boston Foundation because our longtime partner, Dr. Christina Economos, co-founder of ChildObesity180, was honored for her strong commitment to public health and improved health outcomes for children in Massachusetts and across the country.
Our health and wellness strategy has a goal to ensure daily, quality physical activity for all students in Greater Boston. ChildObesity180, based at Tufts University, supports this goal by supporting formal walking and running clubs in 75 elementary and middle schools in the Greater Boston area. ChildObesity180 is nationally-recognized for its contributions to evidence-based research in the areas of school nutrition best practice, school physical activity, and effective community interventions to improve health. Via their four main initiatives, ChildObesity180 has reached 11 million children across the US, which includes quality physical activity programs in 10,000 schools.
Similar to the Boston Foundation, the Massachusetts Health Council has been an important player in Boston for almost 100 years, using advocacy, convenings of public health leaders and conferences on timely topics to educate and improve population health. In addition, their annual report, Common Health for the Commonwealth presents statewide data on 14 health conditions and determinants of health, highlighting efforts to address them and recommendations from practitioners, researchers and advocates in each field. Most recently, the Council has focused its efforts on obesity prevention and school nutrition by sponsoring conferences and events that bring together school nutrition personnel with leaders from across the food and nutrition community to share best practices and create grassroots enthusiasm for delicious and nutritious food in all our schools.
Congratulations, Dr. Economos on a well-deserved honor, and thanks to the Mass. Health Council for its leadership role in improving population health.
Photos - Top: Dr. Christina Economos (left), co-Founder and Director of ChildObesity180, the New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition, and a Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Medical School at Tufts University, with Mira Kahn of the Boston Foundation.
Right: David Martin, Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Council