An external group of practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and community leaders in the field of childhood obesity prevention has collaborated extensively with the Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES) Project.

Diverse expertise and experience

Key partners were selected for their content-area expertise in the settings integral to preventing childhood obesity in the U.S. The key partner group includes research scientists in nutrition, physical activity, epidemiology, and public policy; public health department officials; leaders of community organizations; policy consultants; pediatricians and registered dietitians; grocery industry leaders; and public health lawyers. They represent local, state, and federal government agencies; national research foundations; academic institutions; and non-profit organizations.

Members of this group have steered and served on national panels and advisory committees, directed programs, taught courses, authored publications on childhood obesity, received many competitive grants, and won prestigious awards for their work.

Key partner role

Our key partners have been engaged through our research process to ensure that the interventions evaluated are relevant to policymakers and other decision-makers and that the methods and project reports are transparent and meaningful. Their engagement has significantly influenced the content, methods, and overall course of the project.

Key partners’ main contributions include:

  • Helping to identify, select, and define childhood obesity prevention interventions for inclusion in the project
  • Recommending resources for evidence relevant to determining the effectiveness and/or costs of interventions
  • Reviewing and providing feedback on the process of conducting and/or results of the cost-effectiveness analyses
  • Providing advice on communication channels and feedback on communication materials
  • Guiding dissemination of key findings