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The Voices for Healthy Kids Campaign and US State Legislation to Prevent Childhood Obesity

TitleThe Voices for Healthy Kids Campaign and US State Legislation to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBleich, SN, Jones-Smith, J, Jones, H, O'Hara, M, Rutkow, L
JournalAm J Public Health
Volume106
Pagination436-9
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number1541-0048 (Electronic)0090-0036 (Linking)
Accession Number26794169
Keywordscopublication
Abstract

We documented childhood obesity legislative activity in all 50 US states that occurred in parallel to the first year of Voices for Healthy Kids (Voices), a campaign to mobilize evidence-based legislation addressing childhood obesity. We identified 217 bills in the year before Voices (November 2012 to October 2013) and 304 bills at follow-up (November 2013 to October 2014). In states with active Voices grantees, the bill enactment rate was 50% higher (increasing from 10% at baseline to 15% at follow-up).