Public Policy's Role in Reducing Obesity by p7wvLv

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									  Public Policy’s Role in
   Reducing Obesity
Bursting Out of Our Seams: Confronting the Challenge
           of Obesity in Our Communities
                          By
                 Kennedy Ganti, MD
                 Health Policy Fellow
              To Dr. Herb Conaway, MD
        Chairman, Health and Senior Services
      Committee, New Jersey General Assembly
               Overview
• Health Policy Options
• Leading States
• New Jersey- the challenges




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            Key Policy options
• Nutritional interventions
   – Nutritional Standards for School foods and beverages
   – Nutritional Education
• Physical activity and wellness
   – School wellness programs
   – Physical education/physical activity programs
• Diabetes screening and management
   – Diabetes screening programs
   – Diabetes management
• Awareness programs
   – Mass media campaigns to raise awareness of

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       Key Policy options (2)
• Measurement issues
  – Measurement of BMI
• Taxation
  – Putting taxes on foods of minimal nutritional
    value in schools




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               The state leaders
• State summary
• Key leaders
  –   West Virginia
  –   California
  –   Colorado
  –   Illinois
  –   Kansas
  –   Maine
  –   Massachusetts
  –   Missouri
  –   New Mexico
  –   New York
  –   South Carolina
  –   Texas

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New Jersey's challenge
        State action thus far
• Nutritional standards
  – Considered in Legislature
  – Implemented by Department of Agriculture
• Measuring Body Mass Index- current
  legislation- isolated measure- more needs
  to be done.



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        Fiduciary Conundrum
• The state is experiencing heavy financial
  pressures with property tax relief highest on the
  legislative agenda
• There have been significant cuts to education
• School systems are having to reduce the
  amount of physical education training
• How to work other solutions to compensate for
  the loss of physical educatoin/activity?


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