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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." Institute of Medicine. 2012. Alliances for Obesity Prevention: Finding Common Ground: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13305.
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ALLIANCES FOR
OBESITY PREVENTION

FINDING COMMON GROUND

Workshop Summary

Lynn Parker, Emily Ann Miller, Elena Ovaitt, and
Stephen Olson, Rapporteurs

Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention

Food and Nutrition Board

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OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." Institute of Medicine. 2012. Alliances for Obesity Prevention: Finding Common Ground: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13305.
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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." Institute of Medicine. 2012. Alliances for Obesity Prevention: Finding Common Ground: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13305.
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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." Institute of Medicine. 2012. Alliances for Obesity Prevention: Finding Common Ground: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13305.
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PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR A WORKSHOP ON
ALLIANCES FOR OBESITY PREVENTION*

THOMAS N. ROBINSON (Chair), Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine

ADAM DREWNOWSKI, Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington

SHIRIKI K. KUMANYIKA, Associate Dean, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

JOSEPH THOMPSON, Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity, and Surgeon General, State of Arkansas

ANTRONETTE YANCEY, Professor of Health Services, Co-Director, Center to Eliminate Health Disparities, Department of Health Services, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Health

Study Staff

LYNN PARKER, Scholar

EMILY ANN MILLER, Associate Program Officer

ELENA OVAITT, Senior Program Assistant

ANTON L. BANDY, Financial Officer

GERALDINE KENNEDO, Administrative Assistant

LINDA D. MEYERS, Director, Food and Nutrition Board

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*Institute of Medicine planning committees are solely responsible for organizing the workshop, identifying topics, and choosing speakers. The responsibility for the published workshop summary rests with the workshop rapporteurs and the institution.

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Reviewers

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report:

SHEILA FLEISCHHACKER, Institute of Food Technologists

DOUGLAS IMIG, University of Memphis

JAMES KRIEGER, Public Health–Seattle & King County

MICHAEL METALLO, National Gardening Association

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they did not see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by MELVIN WORTH. Appointed by the Institute of Medicine, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the workshop rapporteurs and the institution.

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Many organizations are making focused efforts to prevent obesity. To achieve their goals, accelerate their progress, and sustain their success, the assistance of many other individuals and groups--not all of them with a singular focus on obesity prevention--will be essential. In October 2011 the Institute of Medicine held a workshop that provided an opportunity for obesity prevention groups to hear from and hold discussions with many of these potential allies in obesity prevention. They explored common ground for joint activities and mutual successes and lessons learned from efforts at aligning diverse groups with goals in common.

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