The Childhood Obesity Coalition was started in October 2008 led by East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Since then, the Coalition has grown to include more than 50 community agencies and organizations represented by over 130 individuals. In Spring 2018, the University of Tennessee’s Department of Nutrition, under leadership from the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Leadership and Education Program faculty, Drs. Marsha Spence and Betsy Anderson Steeves, and funded trainees in the program, took over facilitation of the coalition; and it was renamed the East Tennessee Childhood Obesity Coalition (ETCOC).
The Coalition’s mission is to improve the health of children through a community-wide coalition focusing on reducing the incidence of childhood obesity. The vision is to become one of America’s fittest cities, a lofty goal which uses an ecological approach of interventions at all levels: individual, family, neighborhood, business, and rules and law. The goal is to reverse the trend of obesity, defined as >95.0 age and gender specific BMI percentile, among children.
The Coalition’s work is undertaken by three committees: Policy, Assessment and Outreach. We invite you or your organization to join a committee or participate in a variety of other ways. Working together we can improve the health of children and families.
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T79MC09805, Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Health Nutrition, $176,649, 50% funded by the University of Tennessee, Department of Nutrition. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.