Frequently Asked Questions
What is PreventObesity.net?
At PreventObesity.net, we’re building an online network of people who are dedicated to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015. We provide free communications, tools and resources to registered Leaders who are building healthy communities and policies for kids. We also engage Supporters in campaigns to help create healthy environments for children and their families.
What sort of campaigns does PreventObesity.net work on?
We assist our friends in the movement with campaigns that will create environmental changes needed to reverse obesity. Our past campaigns include a push to support proposed nutritional principles for food and beverage companies to follow when advertising to children; an effort to support funding for bicycle and pedestrian routes, which provide an active way for children to get to school; and a campaign to back improved nutritional standards for public school meals.
I’m looking to shed a few pounds, or have a child who needs to get fit. What can PreventObesity.net do for me?
While we do not have any one-on-one tools for people looking to take charge of their own or their family’s health, we welcome anyone who is interested in reversing childhood obesity in our society as a whole. We encourage you to join the movement as a Supporter to learn about the societal factors that are driving obesity and get engaged on the things being done to reverse it.
Are you Let’s Move?
We aren't a part of Let's Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama’s childhood obesity initiative, although we do on occasion work together to support each other’s efforts. Let’s Move! also links to our website, but otherwise we aren't associated with each other.
How else can I connect with PreventObesity.net?
Do I qualify as a PreventObesity.net Leader?
The main criteria to apply as a Leader is that you are working — either professionally or as a volunteer — to change policies and environments affecting childhood obesity. Some of our Leaders are working to get healthier food in schools. Other Leaders are working on building more walkable communities. No matter if you are working by yourself locally or work with a national group with a larger staff, you can qualify as a Leader. People focused on individual behavior change do not qualify as Leaders.
I do not meet the requirements to be a Leader. Should I still join PreventObesity.net?
YES! At PreventObesity.net, we are looking to engage anyone interested in joining the movement to reverse childhood obesity. Sign up to be a Supporter, and you’ll be kept in the loop on what’s happening in the movement, including on how to get involved and help create healthy communities and environments.
What resources does a Leader receive?
PreventObesity.net exists to help qualified Leaders connect with each other to lead the charge and create change more effectively. We provide free communications, promotion and assistance to help folks working to create healthy environments for kids do their job easier. Our services can help you make connections with other Leaders and promote your own campaigns. For example, Leaders receive a copy of our weekly e-newsletter, the Inside Track, which features exclusive news on the childhood obesity movement and profiles of other Leaders. Leaders also can customize our widgets for their own websites, including our popular Map of the Movement, which displays where advocacy work in the field is actually taking place. We also provide a number of one-on-one services for our Leaders, including blogger outreach, cell phone tools and contact information for other Leaders and supporters interested in a particular issue area or focus. Click here to learn more about our Leader benefits.
I work with a network of people on childhood obesity, can you help me get them all signed up?
Qualified Leaders can sign up for our free tools and services here. If you want to set up a customized registration form for your colleagues, you can contact Zach Brooks at email@example.com and he will help you.
How do I update my Leader profile on PreventObesity.net?
Already registered as a Leader and want to update your information? You can log into PreventObesity.net using the login button at the top of the page. If you don’t know your password, you will see a “forgot password” link to have instructions emailed to you to reset your password. Once you’ve logged in, you can click on the edit tab and then the profile button to make changes. Change any information and then click the submit button to update.
How do I find a Leader working in my area?
The Map of the Movement is a visual representation of the PreventObesity.net Leader network. The map can filter the Leaders displayed by geographic and issue area. If filtered by geographic location, Leaders will show up in the states where they are active, so sometimes Leaders will actually be located in a different state than where their program focuses. Once you find a Leader with whom you’d like to connect, you can click their name to view their full PreventObesity.net profile. You can also use our list of Leaders to find Leaders in your area.
I’ve got a campaign I’m working on, and could really use PreventObesity.net’s help. How do I do that?
We always are interested in helping those in the movement. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll talk about whether we can help in any way.
I’ve got a great new product that will help kids lose weight. How do I promote it on PreventObesity.net?
Do you provide grants?
PreventObesity.net does not provide any funding or grant opportunities. While we don't provide funding, we are providing free communications tools to help you connect with people working on the issues. We also pass on information about financial opportunities we hear about to our Leaders. If you fit the mold of a PreventObesity.net Leader, you can register here.
I’d like to volunteer to help reduce childhood obesity, can I volunteer with PreventObesity.net?
We don’t have our own volunteer opportunities at this time, but many of our Leaders do! You can use our Map of the Movement to find Leaders in your area who are working on community programs. Once you find a Leader on the Map, you can click their profile link to contact them directly. We also share any potential volunteer opportunities on our Facebook and Twitter.
The following sites are also good resources for volunteer opportunities: