Connect & Explore: New Cost-Effectiveness and Impact Estimates for Childhood Obesity Interventions

NCCOR’s Connect & Explore Webinar examines the latest research findings from the CHOICES project

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, NCCOR’s Connect & Explore Webinar will feature exciting new research on the cost effectiveness and impact of interventions to reduce childhood obesity. Steven Gortmaker, PhD, director of the Harvard Prevention Research Center, will explore the latest findings from the Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES) project, a collaborative modeling effort designed to evaluate the effectiveness, costs, and reach of interventions to reduce childhood obesity in the United States. Dr. Gortmaker is the lead investigator of the CHOICES project.

At a time of limited resources and constrained budgets, the evidence-base for choosing cost-effective interventions for childhood obesity is evolving, but remains limited. Understanding the approaches that offer the best value can play a critical role in the decision-making process by policymakers and public health practitioners.

Published in the November issue of Health Affairs, the latest paper from the CHOICES project examined seven interventions high on the obesity policy agenda — documenting their potential reach, comparative effectiveness, implementation cost, and cost-effectiveness. Researchers analyzed interventions separately and concluded that no single strategy on its own will be sufficient to reverse the obesity epidemic.

The upcoming webinar will provide insights into the study’s unique methods and explore how the latest findings impact childhood obesity research and policy.

“Policy makers, health care practitioners, researchers, and other experts are working tirelessly to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic,” said Dr. Gortmaker, who also serves as a Professor of the Practice of Health Sociology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “The implementation of cost-effective preventive interventions can help us reach a larger percentage of our nation’s children and reduce long-term obesity prevalence in this country.”

Join us at 3 pm, Eastern, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, for the one-hour event. The webinar is free but attendance is limited, so tell a colleague and register to receive webinar access.

Register for Connect & Explore Webinar: New Cost-Effectiveness and Impact Estimates for Childhood Obesity Interventions

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