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These policy-maker organizations include: American Association of School Administrators; Council of State Governments; International City County Management Association; Local Government Commission; National Association of Counties; National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund; National Association of State Boards of Education; National Conference of State Legislatures; National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education & Families; National School Boards Association; and the United States Conference of Mayors.
Most of the policy options were reviewed based on a scan of more than 100 research articles that linked specific policy actions to positive outcomes in healthy eating and physical activity behaviors, with a focus on research in vulnerable communities. In addition, recognizing that states and municipalities are offering new and innovative solutions to childhood obesity prevention on a continuous basis, we also have included promising practices that Leadership for Healthy Communities and its program grantees believe to be important approaches to childhood obesity prevention.
A Guide for Local and State Leaders Working to Create Healthy Communities and Prevent Childhood Obesity (Updated February 2011)
Leadership for Healthy Communities: Action Strategies Toolkit (May 2009)
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