Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Program
Vision: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice
Mission: Decrease BMI and chronic disease risk for Ohio children under six years of age through the implementation of healthy eating and active living strategies.
The Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Program (ECOPP) is a coordinated and comprehensive approach involving families, early childhood education professionals, health professionals, and community organizations working together with consistent messaging and strategies to ensure a sound foundation for health in the future.
View the ECOPP Roadmap to learn more about the program goals.
Justification: Obesity has reach epidemic levels in Ohio, like much of the nation. However, unlike national obesity trends, Ohio is not seeing obesity decrease among 2 to 5 year olds. Children who are obese are at increased risk for many health problems including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insulin resistance, asthma, joint problems, and gallstones.
Annually an additional $2.9 billion is spent on health care to treat the preventable diseases associated with childhood obesity. Without significant policy, systems, and environmental changes, those costs are expected to double by 2030.
Ann Weidenbenner RD, LD
Last Updated: 4/11/2017