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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

loping programs and advising policymakers about health challenges related to overweight and obesity," said Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002-2006), President of Canyon Ranch Institute, and Health and Wellness Chairperson of the STOP Obesity Alliance. "Today, every sector of society - from houses on Main Street to both Houses of Congress - can use the Obesity GPS that the STOP Obesity Alliance developed this year to help guide decisions that will impact the health, safety, and security of our great nation for generations to come."

The STOP Obesity Alliance's Steering Committee collaborated to develop the Obesity GPS, leveraging the diverse group's broad expertise and perspectives that range from health care professional and consumer organizations, business and labor groups, and insurers and research groups. With its research team based at The George Washington University, the Alliance will also use this resource to evaluate whether proposed policies and programs will have a real-world impact and make a difference in overweight and obesity.

Since its inception in May 2007, the STOP Obesity Alliance has grounded itswork to help reverse America's obesity epidemicin two major areas: leveraging evidence-based research to reveal societal and economic obstacles to addressing overweight and obesity, and developing policy recommendations to overcome the current barriers. When released, the policy recommendations focused on the areas with the potential for making the highest impact. The Obesity GPS builds on this platform with the creation of a user-friendly tool.

"Since obesity results from so many factors - environment, caloric balance, lack of access to healthy foods, poor nutritional knowledge, physical inactivity, and genetics - we need to pair personal responsibility with efforts that address the larger environment involving multi
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