Childhood Obesity: PRC Weighs In

As one of PRC’s community health experts, Bruce Lockwood, Community Health Director, has the pleasure of traveling around the country presenting results of local Community Health Needs Assessments to many hospitals, boards, and community stakeholders. Most recently, Bruce had the honor of presenting findings from the 2015 PRC Child and Adolescent Health Needs Assessment at the third annual Children’s Hospital and Medical Center’s Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grants Symposium held in Omaha, Nebraska on February 25.

At the event, Bruce presented the number one health concern of parents in the greater Omaha metro area in 2015 – childhood obesity. Childhood obesity is a national health crisis, affecting 17 percent of children and teens in the United States. Obese children are more likely to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is committed to preventing childhood obesity through proactive programs focused on education. Children’s dedication stems from its mission—“so that all children may have a better chance to live”—and its responsiveness to the health concerns of Heartland families. The organization is uniquely positioned in the area to be an effective leader for change on this critical issue. By providing leadership and support to the community, Children’s hopes to achieve their vision: eliminate childhood obesity.

That’s why Children’s created Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grants to harness the strength of community partners and touch as many young lives as possible. The symposium celebrated the exciting work that past year (2015-16) grant recipients have accomplished and launched the application process for 2016-17. This spring, they will award a quarter of a million dollars in grants to non-profit partners. During the event, local community organizations have an opportunity to network and discuss solutions to combat childhood obesity. To learn more about the great work Children’s Hospital and Medical Center is doing surrounding obesity click here.

With 20+ years of Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) experience, PRC is THE expert research partner to help clients understand disparities in health and maximize the impact on population health through custom solutions targeting unique community needs. More than 350 communities across the U.S. — from neighborhoods to major metropolitan areas to the most rural stretches — have implemented PRC’s community health research solutions to address population health, satisfy IRS requirements, establish funding priorities and/or meet accreditation standards.

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