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STOP Obesity Alliance Releases Obesity GPS to Change America's Course in the Fight Against Overweight and Obesity
Date:12/9/2008

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance today released the Obesity GPS - Guide for Policy and Program Solutions (http://www.stopobesityalliance.org/404.htm), the first navigation tool developed to guide public and private decision makers as they determine the most successful routes towards reducing the overweight and obesity epidemic, which costs the United States at least $92.6 billion annually, and affects the lives of two out of every three adult Americans(1).

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"Policies and programs designed to take on the obesity epidemic are well-intentioned, but not always effective," said Christine Ferguson, director of the STOP Obesity Alliance. "The Obesity GPS provides direction on the primary issues that must guide any and all efforts to realistically and effectively reduce our national obesity epidemic."

The Obesity GPS is a set of multi-layered questions that decision makers can apply in the development or evaluation of the most common types of proposals: specific health interventions, policies aimed at health care professionals, or research initiatives. The Obesity GPS is divided into four main sections that highlight the important questions that decision makers should consider related to overweight and obesity in our nation. The Obesity GPS also provides a rationale statement supporting the question for decision makers to consider as they plan their policy or program.

"As Surgeon General of the United States, I agreed with my fellow health care professionals, scientists, and public health leaders that we needed an evidence-based compass to help steer our decisions when deve
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