Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES) Project

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The Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES) Project identifies and prioritizes cost-effective strategies to increase healthy eating and physical activity to promote healthy weight. The CHOICES Project uses cost-effectiveness analysis to identify which prevention policies and programs will help more kids achieve and maintain a healthy weight and deliver the best results for the dollars invested.

The CHOICES Project uses cost-effectiveness analysis to compare the costs and outcomes of these policies and programs over 10 years. CHOICES can help provide evidence for action, explain the impact on population, identify cost-effective and efficient strategies, guide resource investment, and cultivate alliances and support. Key partnership opportunities include the CHOICES Learning Collaborative Partnership (2015 – 2020) and the CHOICES Community of Practice (2020 – present). The CHOICES Community of Practice includes people whose work focuses on advancing obesity prevention, healthy eating, and active living and want to learn more about how cost-effectiveness analysis can advance their efforts.

The project is a collaboration among researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University.  The CHOICES team also collaborates with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

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Principal Investigators: Steven Gortmaker, PhD and Angie Cradock, ScD, MPE
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Funder: The JPB Foundation
Contact: Jenny Reiner (Project Manager)

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Last updated:  November 8, 2022