In 2013, the Greater Rochester Health Foundation introduced an innovative approach that required broad cross-sectoral coordination with a centralized infrastructure, dedicated staff and a well-organized process. The idea of the Healthy Weight Leadership Council wasn’t to create a whole new initiative, but to connect and strengthen existing efforts, to drive change, and accelerate impact to reduce childhood obesity in our City.
We modeled the Healthy Weight Leadership Council after two leading communities, Chicago and its ‘Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago’s Children’ [CLOCC] and Summerville, MA and its ‘Shape Up Summerville’ Initiative. In both instances, these efforts had the direct involvement of the Mayor’s Office and leadership from all sectors – including decision-makers in government, business, nonprofits, funders, faith, and academia. Council members, much like in Summerville and Chicago, made a multi-year commitment to create a common agenda and support aligned activities.
Through your leadership and the organizational support of The Children’s Agenda, we have much to be proud of. Over the last 3-years we have: