Non-Ranked Nonprofit Reviews: National Childhood Nutrition/Health 2010

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1 out of 5 children between the ages of 6-11 years are obese -Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 2008
1 out of 5 children between the ages of 6-11 years are obese -Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 2008

This is the complete list of all non-ranked nonprofits reviewed by our experts. We do not have enough information at this time to recommend these organizations, but have provided you with the complete expert reviews to learn more.


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American Dietetic Association Foundation (13 recommendations) More than 2,000 students from select Kansas City grade schools are immersed in a different kind of physical education, one combining physical activity with lessons on eating right. The Healthy Schools Partnership, an exciting partnership between the American Dietetic Foundation, the American Council for Fitness and Nutrition Foundation and PE4life, places registered dietitians in schools as Nutrition Coaches, helping children change eating behaviors with short, one-on-one coaching sessions during physical education class. Now in its third year, the HSP has seen remarkable results in changing eating behaviors of students, both at school and at home.
American Dietetic Association Foundation

http://www.eatright.org/foundation/

Evidence of Impact

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More than 2,000 students from select Kansas City grade schools are immersed in a different kind of physical education, one combining physical activity with lessons on eating right. The Healthy Schools Partnership, an exciting partnership between the American Dietetic Foundation, the American Council for Fitness and Nutrition Foundation and PE4life, places registered dietitians in schools as Nutrition Coaches, helping children change eating behaviors with short, one-on-one coaching sessions during physical education class. Now in its third year, the HSP has seen remarkable results in changing eating behaviors of students, both at school and at home.
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They have been supporting policy and programming to address child nutrition issues for many years. The Commission on Dietetic Registration instituted its certificate program on child and adolescent obesity almost 10-years ago, their pediatric nutrition and other specialty groups make professional development to its 70,000+ members to advance care relative to child nutrition issues.
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They're involved in framing issues and bringing together multiple stakeholders.
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They are a membership organization and they have members who are educated in nutrition in every state. As a member of American Dietetic Association, I must say upfront that they have been slow to face the obesity epidemic but they are being forced to do so because of the growing prevalence of childhood obesity.
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They have had an effect on practicing dietitians; they provide relevant science-based information for those "on the front lines."

Organizational Strengths

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They have a nationwide infrastructure and well-established procedures and methods of communication.
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It has strong staff leadership and Board support and direction. Members support believe in and support its projects with gifts. Also it funds various programs and many scholarships for students studying dietetics/nutrition. Jim and Susan Finn will generously support the Foundation with a $100,000 gift to fund a history project as the 100th anniversary of the ADA nears closer. The Foundation provided $50,000 to the Dietetic Practice Based Research Network. An additional $91,000 was made available to ADA members through Foundation named research grants. More than $58,000 was made available to ADA members through the Foundation‚ Awards Program.
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It has a diverse and large membership that can lobby for change at the national level, but with its members all over the U.S. can also facilitate and impact child nutrition at the local level. It is engaged in both research and programming to document best practices relative to improving child nutrition.
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They have tremendous leadership, professional development, and reach among ADA and its membership.
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The number of members and focus on nutrition issues are strengths.
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They have gotten much better organized at the headquarters level (they are based in Chicago) and appear to be much more professional in their approach to running their organization. They hired an executive director several years ago (I can't recall his name) who appears to be doing a good job. I know some of their staff and the ones I know are good. I think their journal has improved and their use of the web.
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This organization has great outreach through over 10,000 members and their involvement and endorsements really hit the mainstream.
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Their professionals are educated in nutrition and have the potential to make a huge collective impact on child health and nutrition in this country.
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It has been historically active and effective in wide outreach. It provides pertinent research information to practitioners.

Areas for Improvement

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They could encourage more individual members of parent organization American Dietetic Association to contribute.
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They could make more of their professional development opportunities available to other health professionals who have limited knowledge of nutrition but serve a pediatric population. They could host smaller workshops (less costly) for those members who aren't financially able to participate in the "big" professional development events like their annual meeting.
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I think this organization could improve by becoming better known and by taking more of a stand about which foods are healthier.
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They are WRONG on juice. Ounce for ounce, juice has the same if not more calories than soda. In the battle against obesity, it is time to get rid of juice. EAT your fruit, don't drink it.
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Building the capacity of state ADA chapters would improve its outreach and impact on child nutrition issues at the local level. However, professional development events (annual conference, CDR events) are quite expensive.
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They could clarify and reduce ties to corporate food interests.
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At the foundation, there is a reluctance to deal in a straightforward way with obesity. There has been almost an "anti-diet" sentiment that prevailed at ADA for many years and it still remains. But the growth in childhood obesity has forced ADA to establish practice groups and organize trainings in weight management. Their worst sin is that they are closely aligned with the food/beverage industry and they still stick to their philosophy that there are no good foods or bad foods-there are only good diets and bad diets. That philosophy has NOT helped America stem the obesity epidemic.
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They could improve by reducing ties to corporate sponsors and the conventional food industry who ties their hands on the messages they can deliver.
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They should reduce their ties with corporations that produce food products that negatively impact child heath and nutrition. They should take a less biased position on policies that impact child nutrition (bias seems to come from ties to corporations).
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These are too closely aligned with the food industry to be having a positive effect on the obesity epidemic. For example, they have put out fact sheets framing sugar in a positive light that have been funded by the soda industry.
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They partnered with Coca Cola! This was a huge mistake and it makes them look really bad. Other supporters in their journals show they are very tied in with the food industry.
Active Living by Design (4 recommendations) This organization addresses both nutrition and physical activity at the community level. Their impact is mostly in the way of policy and environmental change.
Active Living by Design

http://www.activelivingbydesign.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This organization addresses both nutrition and physical activity at the community level. Their impact is mostly in the way of policy and environmental change.
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ALBD funds local communities to create community change around active living and healthy eating. Change is tough, but they accomplish it by picking good local partners, providing financial resources, and providing strong technical support and guidance.
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They have worked with dozens of communities on specific health outreach, helping create local transformations.
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They provide tremendous support and technical assistance to communities working to prevent and reduce childhood obesity, and they create a national network of communities to develop and share best practices.

Organizational Strengths

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They have very strong and stable leadership that is well connected to other funded childhood obesity efforts such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. They do an excellent job of mentoring community-based grantees.
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The staff for the organization is outstanding and very knowledgeable in the field. Additionally, they have a good grasp on how to facilitate local organizations to organize around community change. They are also good at working with partners so that they don't duplicate what is out there.
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They have strong technical assistance.
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The staff is outstanding; it is insightful, responsive, and flexible. Another strength is their leadership; ALBD takes a team-oriented approach to funding, and they become part of the grantee implementation team.

Areas for Improvement

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They could build more capacity in the nutrition area, because currently their greatest strength is in physical activity.
California Center for Public Health Advocacy (4 recommendations) Although focused on California, this nonprofit has national impact by promoting leading edge legislation and policy changes that are then the model for the rest of the country. Most of the real action nationwide is occurring at the local and state level, so I believe this organization has a greater impact nationally than those focused on federal legislation and policy. Some examples of their impact are school food policies; they were the first to widely use voting district health data to motivate elected officials; and they had the first statewide menu labeling legislation; etc.
California Center for Public Health Advocacy
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http://www.publichealthadvocacy.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Although focused on California, this nonprofit has national impact by promoting leading edge legislation and policy changes that are then the model for the rest of the country. Most of the real action nationwide is occurring at the local and state level, so I believe this organization has a greater impact nationally than those focused on federal legislation and policy. Some examples of their impact are school food policies; they were the first to widely use voting district health data to motivate elected officials; and they had the first statewide menu labeling legislation; etc.
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They are effective advocates by selecting important issues, defining the policy change and using a wide variety of tools to move the case (research, community mobilizing, legislative advocacy, etc). They are also moving the public health community to become more active in childhood nutrition and advocacy.
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They led a statewide campaign to enact policies that improve the food and beverage environment.
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Their impact is their ability to build support for and passage of legislation that influences nutrition outcome.

Organizational Strengths

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In my observation, they have consistent, strong leadership and respect in Sacramento and nationally. I am mostly aware of the impacts I observe and am not familiar with their organizational operations.
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They have a great staff and good connections to the public health community.
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They have strong policy focus.
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They have good leadership, the ability to build support from diverse interests, and a solid staff.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve with more involvement in local policy battles.
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They could improve with more skill and experience in designing and amending legislation. In a few instances, the policy is great, but the final product has design flaws. For example, their state menu labeling law has poor definitions and a problematic preemption provision (that was added by opponents to the bill).
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They could improve with more collaboration.
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They should focus on what they do best, which is policy, and they can continue to build a financial base that is not as reliant on a few funders.
Public Health Policy & Law (4 recommendations) This organization impacts policies, policy development, and policy implementation regarding policies that improve opportunities for physical activity and access to healthy foods in communities and schools.
Public Health Policy & Law
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http://www.phlpnet.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This organization impacts policies, policy development, and policy implementation regarding policies that improve opportunities for physical activity and access to healthy foods in communities and schools.
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By providing training and technical assistance to nutrition educators and others who work directly in the childhood nutrition field, PHLP is providing the skill development necessary to deal with food access on a systemic level. Moreover, their work with city and regional planners has educated professionals in the planning field, allowing them to understand their role in these issues and work with the public health sector to craft cutting edge built environment and policy solutions.
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They have developed a variety of model policies based on sound legal research, such as the recent move in Santa Clara County, CA to remove toys from children's meals and model vending contracts that have helped large school districts to remove unhealthy vending from their buildings.
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They provide legal research, model policies, and offer training and technical support to communities seeking to address childhood obesity via policy.

Organizational Strengths

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Visionary leadership and a highly-qualified legal policy research staff are two additional strengths of this organization.
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Their staff dedicated to these issues is the best in the country. They have breadth and depth on the issues they address, as well as comfort with and knowledge of complex relationships between childhood nutrition and other issues. Further, they are "multi-lingual," speaking planning, nutrition, food systems, and economic development.
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Leadership helps the childhood obesity prevention network to understand the legal underpinnings of policy approaches. Technical assistance supports local organizations to make effective policy decisions. They have been able to influence national organizations and foundations to support only the soundest of policy strategies.
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Their strengths are their leadership, operations, and staff. NPLAN (National Policy and Legal Analysis Network) is forward thinking in their development and dissemination of policy recommendations and tools to a broad base and is also responsive to the needs of individual communities.

Areas for Improvement

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Additional marketing would make others outside of the policy field aware of the organization and better enable access to its services.
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Their executive director believes other organizations are as collaborative as her own, which has resulted in ceding 'turf,” in funding to less qualified groups, and in PHLP having a lower profile than it otherwise would and than it should. The organization is growing very quickly, and without a more competitive approach to funding, staffing will not be able to keep pace, and staff will burn out.
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NPLAN (National Policy and Legal Analysis Network) could build a network of local legal experts that can provide support to local organizations.
School Nutrition Association (4 recommendations) They have impact with their leadership on local school wellness policies.
School Nutrition Association

http://www.schoolnutrition.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have impact with their leadership on local school wellness policies.
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This is the leading group that influences the individuals that make school meals. This association has incredible power over all school food service professionals. They really have the potential to be the standout leader in addressing all school food nutrition issues.
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They made an impact with the presentation by former national president at a Childhood Obesity Summit during 2009 representing the challenges and motivations related to improving school nutrition offerings.
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Their impact is the reauthorization of School Child Nutrition laws so that healthy foods will be served in schools.

Organizational Strengths

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They are very inclusive and recognize the important role of school food professionals. They are very active legislatively as well, which is crucial to making change in childhood nutrition issues.
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Their strengths are that they represent and inform the perspective of school-based food service directors and staff.
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Their strength is their reach from the federal level to the local level. The leadership is poised to help policy change at all levels. They have been around for a long time and have been a front runner for others to follow.

Areas for Improvement

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They need to apply for a cooperative agreement with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Division of Adolescent and School Health as the nutrition organization expert.
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This group is slow to make change. With the influence they have, I would like to see them more actively addressing the quality of food schools are receiving. They have the power of large numbers and of many consumers behind them. They could demand change from vendors and distributors, and the change would happen!
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They could improve by acknowledging and promoting connections to other aspects of health, i.e., intellectual, social, and emotional.
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They could improve their outreach to after school and other childcare organizations.
American Heart Association (3 recommendations) AHA is attempting to change POLICY around the obesity issue and child nutrition at both the national and state levels.
American Heart Association
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http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

Evidence of Impact

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AHA is attempting to change POLICY around the obesity issue and child nutrition at both the national and state levels.
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They have impact through their advocacy at the federal level and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AHA is a cofounder).
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AHA has provided a strong voice to a host of issues including school food, community access to healthy food, menu-labeling, and others. Their research and recommendations provide considerable weight and legitimacy to advocacy efforts.

Organizational Strengths

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They have very good information based on solid science.
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Their strengths are their leadership, staff, marketing, long established presence (history), and finances.
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They have a strong regional presence.

Areas for Improvement

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AHA is too bureaucratic and their human resources department is constantly shifting people.
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Sometimes AHA is overly flexible in crafting partnership with industries, such as soda companies.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (3 recommendations) The Center's analysis and reports are essential to the conduct of successful policy advocacy in the US. Difficult issues of finance and budgeting are made comprehensible. For example, the center was instrumental in spotting the flaws in the data on which the former presidential administration based its claims of "over-certification" in the school lunch program. With the leadership of the CBPP, a potential disaster was turned into a significant victory for hungry school children.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
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http://www.cbpp.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The Center's analysis and reports are essential to the conduct of successful policy advocacy in the US. Difficult issues of finance and budgeting are made comprehensible. For example, the center was instrumental in spotting the flaws in the data on which the former presidential administration based its claims of "over-certification" in the school lunch program. With the leadership of the CBPP, a potential disaster was turned into a significant victory for hungry school children.
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The center's research, technical assistance, and advocacy are unparalleled both in terms of national policy and state policy.
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They have very effective leaders on SNAP (the food stamp program), which is often not recognized as the largest child nutrition program in the country. They are innovative, creative policy wonks. Also, they have expert policy analysis and support on federal child nutrition programs and are politically savvy as well.

Organizational Strengths

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They have the expertise and ability to communicate complex information in comprehensible forms.
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Their strengths are their leadership, staff, sense of priorities, analytic ability, credibility, and much more.
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Their strengths are their reputation, connections to policymakers at the highest national levels, and broad expertise on the range of programs available to low-income families. Linking resources and removing barriers to participation are critical issues for families, and CBPP has expertise in all, or at least most, of the federal programs.

Areas for Improvement

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There is distance from its potential constituency. This is primarily an organization that provides data and analyses to other advocates or directly to Congress; there appears to be little opportunity for grassroots groups to have input into this process.
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They could perhaps improve with more resources to be able to support more state-level work.
Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (3 recommendations) They have sustainability, a large reach in Chicago, and a measurable impact on obesity.
Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children

http://www.clocc.net/

Evidence of Impact

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They have sustainability, a large reach in Chicago, and a measurable impact on obesity.
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This is the largest, oldest network addressing childhood obesity prevention in the US. CLOCC has documented a 2% decline in obesity in children entering Chicago Schools over 5 years, thus beating the national trend (leveling off).
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Their impact is their ability to convene a diverse array of stakeholders to address childhood obesity and target the strengths of each of these stakeholders.

Organizational Strengths

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They have strength in bridging silos and creating partnerships.
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They have strong, data-driven leadership and a strategy that builds on the strengths of hundreds of groups already working, avoiding wheel-inventing and providing synergy. They helped to launch and supports the unique Chicago Inter-Departmental Task Force on Childhood Obesity, including 11 departments (this pre-dated the national Task Force by years). They have done extensive work at the community level. CLOCC is a recognized model regionally and nationally and has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to provide program dissemination (that funding has lapsed).
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Their strength is effectively engaging researchers in their work.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve by developing dissemination strategies for other communities.
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A sustainable funding strategy and a plan to move more quickly on innovative ideas are needed (these two are related).
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They could improve by leveraging media to share their successes so that others might replicate.
Healthy Schools Campaign (3 recommendations) They have impact through their evaluation results.
Healthy Schools Campaign
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http://www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have impact through their evaluation results.
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Although HSC works mainly in Chicago and parts of Illinois, I suggest them because they could become a national model of changing school meals and galvanizing parents to get more involved in school policies. HSC has improved the meals served in local schools, works with nurses to improve school health policies, and has a strong parental outreach program to advocate for policy change. They also have been a key player in the child nutrition reauthorization activities, staging educational demonstrations both in Chicago and in DC.
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HSC has successfully brought together low-income Latino parents and, through education and advocacy training, has empowered parents to advocate for healthier school nutrition and physical activity environments. In these efforts they put a strong emphasis on the inequities that often exist in resources shared within the same district between lower and higher income areas.

Organizational Strengths

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They have strong leadership, community partners, staff, and outreach.
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I have only worked with the executive director, Rochelle Davis, and think she demonstrates a passion and commitment to children’s nutrition and health.
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They have strong leadership and excellent understanding of developing grassroots advocacy.

Areas for Improvement

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They could continue to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of staff.
O
While they have some national efforts, they work most closely in Chicago. They could have great impact across the country.
Playworks (3 recommendations) Playworks is on its way to serving over 600 schools nationwide, with very positive reviews. They have been incredibly successful in changing recess from a problem-riddled time to an active, positive playtime where kids are moving, negotiating, and happy.
Playworks
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http://www.playworksusa.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Playworks is on its way to serving over 600 schools nationwide, with very positive reviews. They have been incredibly successful in changing recess from a problem-riddled time to an active, positive playtime where kids are moving, negotiating, and happy.
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They actually support increased physical activity in schools by placing staff people within the school to engage children.
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Playworks, formerly Sports 4 Kids, has been responding to the need of school sites for more physical activity in a time of massive cutbacks to physical activity and physical education. They provide training for staff and afterschool providers as well.

Organizational Strengths

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Their leadership is passionate, is committed, and has had great success in expanding the organization's reach.
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Their strengths are their local leadership, their great model for the schools, and their relationships.
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The executive director has the leadership capacity, vision, and influence to bring active play to playgrounds and is advising the First Lady's Let's Move campaign. Staff hired by Playworks is passionate and well trained in active play.

Areas for Improvement

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I think if they could expand their programming to work more directly with the physical education professionals in schools and begin to address the broader policy issues that affect access to quality recess and quality physical education, their impact would be even broader.
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They could improve with more work on policy.
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Bridging the gap between physical activity and physical education is needed. Many PE teachers have expressed feeling threatened by the existence of Playworks staff on their campuses. Directly addressing this issue is important to bring PE teachers into the fold of wellness work.
YMCA of the USA (3 recommendations) The YMCA has a spectrum of services and programs to help children and adults to live healthy lives.
YMCA of the USA

http://www.ymca.net/

Evidence of Impact

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The YMCA has a spectrum of services and programs to help children and adults to live healthy lives.
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They are moving their physical education and activity focus into public policy campaigns to make lasting changes in their communities.
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The YMCA is very forward thinking. They aren't just focused on childcare or physical activity facilities; they are thinking about how to change communities, families, and girls to be healthier. They are very active in advocacy and have a network of YMCA’s that are engaging leaders throughout the community to achieve change around active living and healthy eating.

Organizational Strengths

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They have a strong brand, strong leadership, and good facilities.
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They have a strong leadership network, multiple communications channels, and a long history of staff and member development and engagement in civic issues. Their reputation and credibility are positive in most communities.
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They have a strong staff at the national level that provides outstanding technical assistance and leadership to their local affiliates. In addition, they have affiliates throughout the country, giving them a lot of arms and legs to accomplish their mission.

Areas for Improvement

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Even with the current training on public policy approaches, the YMCA still knows physical activity programming better than anything else, and therefore they are always at risk for back-sliding away from a strong policy focus.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (2 recommendations) They are a HUGE organization. Although they are not nutrition or health specific, they touch upon the lives of so many children in need. If they could be expanded and/or given more funding for nutrition and exercise education for the kids and parents, the impact would be great!
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
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http://www.bgca.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They are a HUGE organization. Although they are not nutrition or health specific, they touch upon the lives of so many children in need. If they could be expanded and/or given more funding for nutrition and exercise education for the kids and parents, the impact would be great!
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They have a long history of offering after school opportunities for low-income youth. In many communities there are few other alternatives, and Boys and Girls Clubs fill a very large gap.

Organizational Strengths

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They work in a high need area with low socio-economic status, high obesity, and high-risk youth.
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Their local leadership provides for programming that is sensitive to the needs of local communities.

Areas for Improvement

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They could make a national policy on their snacks, as I have seen some very unhealthy snacks being given out. They could also get more funding and celebrities to help them fundraise.
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Local leadership can also lead to variability in effectiveness, but the trade-off is usually worth it.
CANFit (2 recommendations) They produce unique, culturally relevant programs for youth regarding nutrition and physical activity.
CANFit
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http://www.canfit.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They produce unique, culturally relevant programs for youth regarding nutrition and physical activity.
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This organization has a very unique audience, i.e., youth of color. The staff is culturally competent and extremely gifted in promoting healthy and active living around the country. They have directly trained thousands of youth, as well as provided guidance to nonprofits and governments seeking to engage and improve the health of youth of color.

Organizational Strengths

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They have well respected leadership in the field and a strong understanding of ethnically diverse youth.
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The staff is culturally competent. This was systematically developed through early research and maintained through careful listening to their audience and key informants. Their staff also provides important leadership on policy advocacy issues related to child nutrition and health. As people of color, they bring a critical perspective to policy debates.

Areas for Improvement

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They could increase their national presence.
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Opportunities for CANFit have expanded rapidly; they could benefit from assistance in managing growth.
California Endowment (2 recommendations) The Endowment gets it. They understand how to affect policy and how to spot key people to fund for the best work. They are focused on California, but the work they find has national implications.
California Endowment
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http://www.calendow.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The Endowment gets it. They understand how to affect policy and how to spot key people to fund for the best work. They are focused on California, but the work they find has national implications.
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Their impact is through prior work with partners funded from a California Endowment grant. The grant was a three prong approach where the school district, health care agency, and local nonprofit worked on a school wellness policy, increasing physical activity in the schools, walking to school, and parent education regarding the impact of obesity on their health.

Organizational Strengths

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They have very good leadership and a good eye for important issues.
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It brought to the table strong awareness of the problem in the form of education supported by data. It also brought funding to allow someone to devote time and energy to support the work.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve by expanding funded work to include people outside California, if they are in the best position to help.
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Knowing the big picture would help to move the agenda along faster.
California Project LEAN (2 recommendations) They produce key policy initiatives to change school food and physical activity environments and create youth advocates to lead change.
California Project LEAN

http://www.californiaprojectlean.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They produce key policy initiatives to change school food and physical activity environments and create youth advocates to lead change.
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They have the strongest impact on school food and beverage environments.

Organizational Strengths

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They have strong leadership and a long history of working in the field, making an impact in shaping the discussion.
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They are very collaborative.

Areas for Improvement

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They could increase marketing and outreach of their programs and resources.
O
They need continued funding.
Community Health Improvement Partners (2 recommendations) They have had successes in impacting national level policy in the Farm Bill, the Childhood Nutrition Act, and other places to focus policies and resources on achieving community food security, which directly impacts low-income neighborhoods, and by that I mean low-income children. The policies include farm to school nutrition resources and education, community food projects program, etc. They also provide a network and place to gather for folks who are working on meeting the food needs of limited resource families, while creating healthy, vibrant local food systems. Moreover, they provide excellent resources on evaluation and helping communities think through how to evaluate the changes for which they are looking.
Community Health Improvement Partners

http://www.sdchip.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have had successes in impacting national level policy in the Farm Bill, the Childhood Nutrition Act, and other places to focus policies and resources on achieving community food security, which directly impacts low-income neighborhoods, and by that I mean low-income children. The policies include farm to school nutrition resources and education, community food projects program, etc. They also provide a network and place to gather for folks who are working on meeting the food needs of limited resource families, while creating healthy, vibrant local food systems. Moreover, they provide excellent resources on evaluation and helping communities think through how to evaluate the changes for which they are looking.
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Their impact is their countywide lead in obesity prevention. They have several domains and convene experts in the area.

Organizational Strengths

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They have an exceptionally active and committed board of directors that includes representatives of a number of organizations that are working in this arena. They have a strong staff that has been doing this for quite some time, and they have been successful in raising the resources needed to carry out their work. The organization manages a listserv called Comfood, which brings together a great wealth of experience and knowledge to help folks solve food system problems in their communities. It is a very useful resource.
O
Their strength is that they are centralized and collaborative.

Areas for Improvement

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This is one organization where many in the public health arena and the farm arena come together, but there needs to be a better integration of these into their programming efforts perhaps. One linkage that could be strengthened is their work with the research community to link up the evaluations they perform at the community level into more rigorous research.
O
They are short-staffed, and it is hard to manage projects for which they are dependent on other organizations carrying out the work.
Feeding America (2 recommendations) This organization has impact with its broad scope working with food banks, pantries, etc. throughout the US. I believe the leadership is strategic, the vision is great, and the risks they take to do more have been well worth the effort.
Feeding America
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http://feedingamerica.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This organization has impact with its broad scope working with food banks, pantries, etc. throughout the US. I believe the leadership is strategic, the vision is great, and the risks they take to do more have been well worth the effort.
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This is the nation's largest charitable hunger-relief organization with a network of more than 200 regional member food banks and food rescue programs.

Organizational Strengths

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They have great corporate partnerships, stellar leadership, and amazing cause marketing.
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Each year, the Feeding America network provides food to more than 37 million low-income people facing hunger in the United States, including more than 14 million children and nearly 3 million seniors. Their network of more than 200 food banks serves all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, securing and distributing more than 2.5 billion pounds of food and grocery products annually. Those member food banks support approximately 61,000 local charitable agencies and 70,000 programs, which provide food directly to individuals and families in need.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve with more programs that physically teach nutrition versus those that serve nutritious foods and provide healthy backpacks, etc.
Growing Power (2 recommendations) They are able to engage underserved communities and youth around food and agriculture.
Growing Power

http://www.growingpower.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They are able to engage underserved communities and youth around food and agriculture.
N
They have successfully improved the quality of school lunches in Milwaukee and provided fresh organic produce for a school snack program. They also host young people on tours at their facility to educate about the importance of healthy, sustainably grown food. Moreover, they have built partnerships with the company that is contracted to provide food for the schools (Sodexo or Sysco).

Organizational Strengths

R
They have excellent marketing and reach. Will Allen has inspired communities and youth across the country.
N
Their strengths are their anti-racist leadership and staff, ability to broker mutually beneficial relationships, capacity to grow their own food and successfully market it to fund their operations, and their persistence and commitment to creating a nationwide network of people doing the same type of work that they are.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve by having a more immediate impact in the local community; they could use their connections within the public schools for even more educative interactions than they already do.
Just Food (2 recommendations) Their impact is providing a range of technical assistance within low-income communities of NYC so that poor people are engaged in all Community Supported Agriculture initiatives throughout the city. They have learned how to cross class lines.
Just Food
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http://www.justfood.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Their impact is providing a range of technical assistance within low-income communities of NYC so that poor people are engaged in all Community Supported Agriculture initiatives throughout the city. They have learned how to cross class lines.
R
JustFood has changed the food system options in New York City.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strengths are leadership and high levels of engagement in the work by those participating in the programming. This is a strong example of participatory action programming.
R
They have strong leadership and a focus on one geographic community to deeply make changes; they focus on making locally produced food available to people at all income levels.

Areas for Improvement

R
Perhaps there is a sense of being too driven by their own board at times.
Partnership for a Healthier America (2 recommendations) This organization has a big impact because it is chaired by Michele Obama to promote her Let's Move initiative.
Partnership for a Healthier America

http://www.ahealthieramerica.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
This organization has a big impact because it is chaired by Michele Obama to promote her Let's Move initiative.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have potential for broad impact. They have lots of private and public partnerships in industry and professional groups, i.e., school food service and beverage association.
O
Their are its financial and public relations clout.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve with funding for schools and other organizations to support campaign goals.
O
Weaknesses are mainly in its ignorance of the sugar toxicity problem and expending too much effort on strategies that are doomed to failure, such as attempting to increase exercise in children who are still toxic with sugar (from all the fruit juice that the program recommends!).
Safe Routes to School National Partnership (2 recommendations) This organization provides training and resources to local organizations around the country that help mobilize communities to ensure safety for children walking and biking to school. Tools and training materials have helped us locally to strengthen Safe Routes to School action.
Safe Routes to School National Partnership

http://www.saferoutespartnership.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization provides training and resources to local organizations around the country that help mobilize communities to ensure safety for children walking and biking to school. Tools and training materials have helped us locally to strengthen Safe Routes to School action.
N
They are excellent communicators, keeping their constituents up to date with current information, opportunities to engage in policy development, and quick and ready facts to inform advocates on the "hot button" issues to on which to work.

Organizational Strengths

N
Leadership in this organization has been able to influence federal policy, the work of large national philanthropies, and local agencies to implement Safe Routes to School Strategies. Their website and other forms of communication keep local organizations informed of progress and aware of needs still unmet.
N
They have a relatively single-focused mission, therefore they can stay "on point" without too much distraction between competing issues. Their executive director, Deb Hubsmith, is a dynamo of energy.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could provide more "on the ground" trainings in locations around the country. There are challenges in the national SRTS program, and state organizations need more help understanding how to address those challenges.
N
The communications tools could be less text-heavy.
The Obesity Society (2 recommendations) Their impact is partnering with other groups to assess and attack childhood obesity issues.
The Obesity Society

http://www.obesity.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Their impact is partnering with other groups to assess and attack childhood obesity issues.
O
Their impact is through their large internet presence and the national meeting held annually. They certify members based on education.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their leadership and staff are of high professional caliber, and the organization can tap into highly skilled professionals.
O
This organization tries to consider new scientific research and shares that research in its web page.

Areas for Improvement

O
Many members are not well educated in the newest aspects of neuro-endocrinology, which have shown fructose toxicity to be a major component in obesity.
The William J Clinton Foundation (2 recommendations) They have impact through their school beverage campaign.
The William J Clinton Foundation
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http://www.clintonfoundation.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have impact through their school beverage campaign.
R
The imprimatur of Bill Clinton makes this foundation uniquely effective at overcoming barriers and brokering new alliances. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and its role in helping to get sodas out of schools is an example.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strengths are their visibility and leadership.
R
Their strengths are their leadership, diplomacy, and pragmatism.

Areas for Improvement

R
The bar for beverages allowed in schools could be higher.
R
They are too willing to compromise. Perfect should not be made the enemy of good, but just adequate should not be made the enemy of the best we can do, either. The Clinton Foundation may too readily allow industry to take credit for half measures.
Alameda Point Collaborative Inc (1 recommendation) Although this program is small, it is the best participatory program for addressing a broad range of childhood nutrition issues with an extremely poor, formerly homeless population of youth. These youth are working to make a difference in their families and community. The impact on the youth themselves is impressive, as they become leaders; I know they have conducted surveys and focus group research in the past, but I am not up to date on their reported impacts.
Alameda Point Collaborative Inc

http://www.apcollaborative.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Although this program is small, it is the best participatory program for addressing a broad range of childhood nutrition issues with an extremely poor, formerly homeless population of youth. These youth are working to make a difference in their families and community. The impact on the youth themselves is impressive, as they become leaders; I know they have conducted surveys and focus group research in the past, but I am not up to date on their reported impacts.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have visionary leadership and a strong interest in their broader community in Alameda.

Areas for Improvement

F
Expanding and linking up with other youth organizations beyond the youth living in their supportive housing program would be a great next step.
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (1 recommendation) By promoting and teaching best-practice physical education in schools, this association is helping kids learn to be physically active for a lifetime.
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
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http://www.aahperd.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
By promoting and teaching best-practice physical education in schools, this association is helping kids learn to be physically active for a lifetime.
American Council on Science and Health (1 recommendation) They do no focus on childhood obesity. Although they are a conservative organization, they have raised some important points with respect to food advertising. I think that it is best to always get information from groups that are diametrically opposed to each other.
American Council on Science and Health

http://www.acsh.org/

Organizational Strengths

R
They do no focus on childhood obesity. Although they are a conservative organization, they have raised some important points with respect to food advertising. I think that it is best to always get information from groups that are diametrically opposed to each other.

Areas for Improvement

R
I think that there is a problem with fundraising (but this is common to many nonprofits).
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (1 recommendation) Their impact is the success of their work and overall reputation.
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
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http://www.asapconnections.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their impact is the success of their work and overall reputation.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their highly dedicated and skilled staff and their ability to make the most of limited resources and funding in a very rural part of the country.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve with more funding to expand the staff dedicated to improving childhood nutrition initiatives and assistance in reaching a larger geographical area in the Southeastern United States.
Berkeley Media Studies Group (1 recommendation) This organization has helped the child nutrition and health field reframe the debate on obesity from one that villainizes the "fat" kid and their parents to one that understands the impact of the environment in shaping decisions and choices children and youth make every day regarding the food they eat and whether they will be physically active.
Berkeley Media Studies Group

http://www.bmsg.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
This organization has helped the child nutrition and health field reframe the debate on obesity from one that villainizes the "fat" kid and their parents to one that understands the impact of the environment in shaping decisions and choices children and youth make every day regarding the food they eat and whether they will be physically active.

Organizational Strengths

F
BMSG is especially strong in working with and training other nonprofits and helping them develop messages and respond to issues that advance the environmental approach to childhood obesity.

Areas for Improvement

F
The organization is still viewed by many as very "Berkeley" oriented, and that view undermines their effectiveness among some audiences.
California Center for Civic Participation (1 recommendation) Their programs reach thousands of young people empowering them to become active players in the public policies affecting their communities, cities, and states. Most recently they worked with one of the leading National Funders, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, providing technical assistance and support to Kellogg grantees in the Food and Fitness initiative with a focus on vulnerable children.
California Center for Civic Participation

http://californiacenter.org/work/sybop/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their programs reach thousands of young people empowering them to become active players in the public policies affecting their communities, cities, and states. Most recently they worked with one of the leading National Funders, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, providing technical assistance and support to Kellogg grantees in the Food and Fitness initiative with a focus on vulnerable children.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength is that they build partnership and the right environments for youth to teach leadership skills.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve their evaluation capabilities.
California Food Policy Advocates (1 recommendation) This organization has had a strong impact on federal, state, and local policies related to child nutrition programs and food and beverage environments.
California Food Policy Advocates
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http://www.cfpa.net/

Evidence of Impact

O
This organization has had a strong impact on federal, state, and local policies related to child nutrition programs and food and beverage environments.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have a strong federal, state, and local presence. Their strength is drawing attention to the particular needs of low income communities.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could improve with continued funding.
California WIC Association (1 recommendation) CWA is very strategic about selecting state and national policy priorities and building the evidence base and advocacy support. They are very influential in administrative advocacy. Their work has impact in California, as well as the implementation of WIC across the nation. For example, they promoted updating the contents of the WIC (women, infants, and children) food package, and this led to changes in the national standards that are now being implemented. California’s WIC Association does an excellent job of championing the unique role of WIC, working directly with low income parents around the country and promoting strategies to leverage that unique infrastructure to improve child nutrition and health.
California WIC Association
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http://www.calwic.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
CWA is very strategic about selecting state and national policy priorities and building the evidence base and advocacy support. They are very influential in administrative advocacy. Their work has impact in California, as well as the implementation of WIC across the nation. For example, they promoted updating the contents of the WIC (women, infants, and children) food package, and this led to changes in the national standards that are now being implemented. California’s WIC Association does an excellent job of championing the unique role of WIC, working directly with low income parents around the country and promoting strategies to leverage that unique infrastructure to improve child nutrition and health.

Organizational Strengths

N
The executive director does an exemplary job of setting priorities and identifying and implementing strategies to achieve them. The staff has a very strong model for working with state government, both supporting efforts and advocating for improvements. The staff is also expert at turning out high quality reports that have policymaker appeal.

Areas for Improvement

N
This is actually hard for me to say, as I am not involved in day-to-day operations. From external observations, I would say the primary strategic leadership comes from the executive director; developing capacity across more staff might help expand their impact (but I could be wrong as well).
Center for Childhood Obesity, Texas Children's Hospital (1 recommendation) The Center for Childhood Obesity is a nonprofit center recently established at Texas Children's Hospital through a generous funding from the Houston Endowment. The center will have major impact on the care of the super-obese children and will serve as a model for the country.
Center for Childhood Obesity, Texas Children's Hospital

http://www.texaschildrens.org/carecenters/GINutrition/

Evidence of Impact

R
The Center for Childhood Obesity is a nonprofit center recently established at Texas Children's Hospital through a generous funding from the Houston Endowment. The center will have major impact on the care of the super-obese children and will serve as a model for the country.

Organizational Strengths

R
The major strength of the center is its affiliation with Texas Children's Hospital, because of the medical expertise that is available at the Hospital to address all the co-morbidities associated with obesity.

Areas for Improvement

R
The center can benefit from generous and continuous philanthropic support, so that the medical care for these super-obese children can be expanded to the community clinics.
Center for Food and Justice at Occidental College (1 recommendation) This organization works in California and throughout the country on a variety of programs that support improving childhood nutrition.
Center for Food and Justice at Occidental College

http://departments.oxy.edu/uepi/cfj/

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization works in California and throughout the country on a variety of programs that support improving childhood nutrition.

Organizational Strengths

N
This is a stable organization with excellent staff, resources, and connections with organizations involved in this kind of work around the country.
Center for Food and the Environment at Teachers College Columbia (1 recommendation) The curriculum series they have produced, Linking Food and the Environment (LiFE), is the best science-based curriculum in the country for middle school kids. The center has been testing this curriculum in very REAL ways in multiple parts of the country. There is NO smoke and mirrors here, which is what typically happens in our public schools.
Center for Food and the Environment at Teachers College Columbia

http://www.tc.columbia.edu/life/

Evidence of Impact

R
The curriculum series they have produced, Linking Food and the Environment (LiFE), is the best science-based curriculum in the country for middle school kids. The center has been testing this curriculum in very REAL ways in multiple parts of the country. There is NO smoke and mirrors here, which is what typically happens in our public schools.

Organizational Strengths

R
While their research arm is terrific, they are committed to assuring that the practice of food and nutrition education is actually functioning in any of the school systems or community-based agencies with which they affiliate... what a breath of fresh air!

Areas for Improvement

R
They need to fundraise better for more staff, as this effort could burn out over time.
Center for Weight and Health, UC Berkeley (1 recommendation) The center provides evidence on childhood nutrition and analysis of issues using rigorous criteria and in depth experience of its staff over many years of engagement in nutrition and obesity issues.
Center for Weight and Health, UC Berkeley

http://cwh.berkeley.edu/

Evidence of Impact

F
The center provides evidence on childhood nutrition and analysis of issues using rigorous criteria and in depth experience of its staff over many years of engagement in nutrition and obesity issues.

Organizational Strengths

F
The staff of the center has the intelligence, training, experience, and integrity that are rarely found in one place.

Areas for Improvement

F
Better funding and infrastructure would allow more time and focus on each individual project.
Chez Panisse Foundation (1 recommendation) They work primarily in California and with school garden education, but they've totally made a difference.
Chez Panisse Foundation
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http://www.chezpanissefoundation.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They work primarily in California and with school garden education, but they've totally made a difference.
Children Now (1 recommendation) Children Now leads efforts to address marketing of "unhealthy food" to children through the adoption of comprehensive regulations that include agreed upon standards for "healthy foods."
Children Now

http://www.childrennow.org/index.php/

Evidence of Impact

F
Children Now leads efforts to address marketing of "unhealthy food" to children through the adoption of comprehensive regulations that include agreed upon standards for "healthy foods."

Organizational Strengths

F
This organization is uniquely suited to work in the area of marketing and advertising because of their deep understanding of the issues, the industries, and the regulatory process.

Areas for Improvement

F
Children Now could do a better job of translating the significance of marketing and advertising issues to community based organizations and to national nonprofits that represent low-income communities and communities of color that are often targeted by industries for aggressive marketing of unhealthy foods.
Children's Aid Society (1 recommendation) I love the Go!Chefs program because it is a hands-on cooking and nutrition education curriculum for young people, ages 2 through 21. It introduces youth to the pleasures of preparing and enjoying "real food" that is both nutritious and delicious, which is an essential step toward health and well-being. Participants learn basic cooking skills, the joy of eating and cooking with fresh fruit and vegetables, and how to become empowered and conscious consumers in a marketplace that spends millions to persuade children to eat high-calorie, low-nutrient products.
Children's Aid Society
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http://www.childrensaidsociety.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
I love the Go!Chefs program because it is a hands-on cooking and nutrition education curriculum for young people, ages 2 through 21. It introduces youth to the pleasures of preparing and enjoying "real food" that is both nutritious and delicious, which is an essential step toward health and well-being. Participants learn basic cooking skills, the joy of eating and cooking with fresh fruit and vegetables, and how to become empowered and conscious consumers in a marketplace that spends millions to persuade children to eat high-calorie, low-nutrient products.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have historical positioning in the community and a strong political stance in the community.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could increase the number of staffers in the community.
Children's Defense Fund (1 recommendation) They have a long-standing reputation of influencing improvements to policy, impacting health and making sure that the issues affecting vulnerable children receive attention.
Children's Defense Fund
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http://www.childrensdefense.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have a long-standing reputation of influencing improvements to policy, impacting health and making sure that the issues affecting vulnerable children receive attention.
Chula Vista Community Collaborative (1 recommendation) Their impact is building capacity in promoters to advocate for changes in their communities.
Chula Vista Community Collaborative

http://www.chulavistacc.org/phpwebsite-0.9.3-2-full/index.php

Evidence of Impact

O
Their impact is building capacity in promoters to advocate for changes in their communities.

Organizational Strengths

O
They are a neutral entity working with other community organizations, parents, and their children. They are strategically based in family resource centers in schools. Their workers provide culturally appropriate assistance to families.

Areas for Improvement

O
Their funding is limited, and every year they depend on the school district and grant funds to operate. They could improve their staff development and self-care.
Congressional Hunger Center (1 recommendation) They provide hunger fellows that provide significant on-the-ground aid to nutrition improvement projects.
Congressional Hunger Center

http://www.hungercenter.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They provide hunger fellows that provide significant on-the-ground aid to nutrition improvement projects.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are excellent at meeting the individual needs of localities.

Areas for Improvement

N
Their half-year field placements sometimes do not allow enough time to accomplish serious long-term tasks.
Connecticut Food Bank (1 recommendation) This group is among the few food banks nationwide that are working on implementing a system to incentivize companies to donate healthier foods and for clients to take healthier foods from the food bank. This group is trying to deal with the complex problem of co-occurring food insecurity and obesity.
Connecticut Food Bank

http://www.ctfoodbank.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This group is among the few food banks nationwide that are working on implementing a system to incentivize companies to donate healthier foods and for clients to take healthier foods from the food bank. This group is trying to deal with the complex problem of co-occurring food insecurity and obesity.

Organizational Strengths

R
This group has staff so dedicated to the obesity issue that they have added work in this area to their already packed schedules, without any additional funding.
Coordinated Approach to Child Health (1 recommendation) CATCH is an evidence based child health program, primarily focused on physical activity. They have research to show their efficacy, and they have worked with over 7000 schools nation wide. They are very well respected and positively viewed after implementation.
Coordinated Approach to Child Health

http://www.catchinfo.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
CATCH is an evidence based child health program, primarily focused on physical activity. They have research to show their efficacy, and they have worked with over 7000 schools nation wide. They are very well respected and positively viewed after implementation.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have significant experience, as the original research study was over a decade ago. They have learned from their early years and expanded strategically.
D.C. Hunger Solutions (1 recommendation) They had impact with the passage of the D.C. Healthy Schools Act.
D.C. Hunger Solutions
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http://www.dchunger.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They had impact with the passage of the D.C. Healthy Schools Act.

Organizational Strengths

R
D.C. Hunger Solutions is a leading advocate for low-income children and families in the District of Columbia. They have an innovative team and leader that focus on federal nutrition program access and quality.
Ecotrust (1 recommendation) Their strengths are creating a design in responding to school system needs, their strong leadership, and their strong community and school partners.
Ecotrust
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http://www.ecotrust.org/

Organizational Strengths

F
Their strengths are creating a design in responding to school system needs, their strong leadership, and their strong community and school partners.
Edible Schoolyard at King Middle School (1 recommendation) They are on the right track in terms of working directly with young people to educate them about nutrition, food, and health.
Edible Schoolyard at King Middle School

http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are on the right track in terms of working directly with young people to educate them about nutrition, food, and health.

Organizational Strengths

N
They grow food with students at their schools and involve youth in cooking their own food, so that they know what to do with the things they grow and know the importance of it all. Additionally, the students eat (and enjoy) healthy foods that they probably wouldn't get at home.

Areas for Improvement

N
They only have small farms, which is not enough to actually feed all of their students (not to mention the students' families). They are tied into contacts with food distributors, so even if they did grow enough food to supply their cafeteria they would be contractually bound not to do so. Their only nutrition curriculum and eating of they food they grow is in a cooking class and isn't pervasive throughout all classes students take. Their curriculum does not encompass emphasis on sustainability and systems thinking.
Farm to Table (1 recommendation) Farm to Table works throughout the southwest to improve childhood nutrition programs in the schools.
Farm to Table

http://www.farmtotablenm.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Farm to Table works throughout the southwest to improve childhood nutrition programs in the schools.

Organizational Strengths

N
Farm to Table has an impressive track record, especially given their small staff. Their staff is well versed, highly skilled, and well connected to the stakeholders who need to be engaged in improving the nutrition of school meals.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could increase the number of staff members (but need sustainable funding in order to do this) and conduct more extensive work outside of New Mexico (in other states in southwest).
Food Family Farming Foundation (1 recommendation) They know how to change the poor quality food in a National School Lunch (and Breakfast) Program to more wholesome meals that, with appropriate investment and education, students from K-12 actually eat.
Food Family Farming Foundation
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http://www.foodfamilyfarming.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They know how to change the poor quality food in a National School Lunch (and Breakfast) Program to more wholesome meals that, with appropriate investment and education, students from K-12 actually eat.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strength is their operational change; the difficulties that wrack the federal meals programs are just about impossible to cut through. Ann Cooper and Beth Collins know this work to the penny better than anyone in the country. While Michelle Obama has been unbelievably helpful in raising consciousness about these problems, the forward-looking change work Ann and Beth are doing should become a template for what the real fiscal problems are.

Areas for Improvement

R
Many would say that their personalities are too strong; I would like to counter that by saying that they need to be that strong in order to cut through the bureaucracy and politics that are at the center of the lunch plate, if you will.
Food Project (1 recommendation) This Boston-based organization has created important models for the use of community and school gardens and other food access projects as a way to also bridge racial and class divides while maintaining a focus on disparities. It has been a major player in helping spin off several innovative and exciting youth-based networks involved in fresh and healthy food access.
Food Project
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http://thefoodproject.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This Boston-based organization has created important models for the use of community and school gardens and other food access projects as a way to also bridge racial and class divides while maintaining a focus on disparities. It has been a major player in helping spin off several innovative and exciting youth-based networks involved in fresh and healthy food access.

Organizational Strengths

R
The group is very creative in its mentoring and staff development role. It has also been effective in creating multiple partnerships that link other needs (e.g., housing, jobs) to the food and child nutrition arena.

Areas for Improvement

R
The organization could increase its role in sharing its lessons and could do more evaluation of its projects.
GrowNYC (1 recommendation) “Learn It, Grow It, Eat It” is a collaborative effort of three GrowNYC programs (Open Space Greening, Greenmarket, Environmental Education) aimed at improving the health of young people through nutrition education and improved food access in their schools and communities. The project encourages young people to take control of their health on the cusp of adulthood through knowledge, choices, and action. “Learn It, Grow It, Eat It” gives students nutrition information that goes beyond memorizing the USDA food pyramid; helps them make the connection between the environment and food consumption through hands-on gardening; and introduces healthy food choices that they can incorporate into their diet with in-school food preparation and offerings featuring Greenmarket produce.
GrowNYC
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http://www.grownyc.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
“Learn It, Grow It, Eat It” is a collaborative effort of three GrowNYC programs (Open Space Greening, Greenmarket, Environmental Education) aimed at improving the health of young people through nutrition education and improved food access in their schools and communities. The project encourages young people to take control of their health on the cusp of adulthood through knowledge, choices, and action. “Learn It, Grow It, Eat It” gives students nutrition information that goes beyond memorizing the USDA food pyramid; helps them make the connection between the environment and food consumption through hands-on gardening; and introduces healthy food choices that they can incorporate into their diet with in-school food preparation and offerings featuring Greenmarket produce.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their leadership and commitment to the community is strong.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could increase staffers in the community.
Harlem RBI (1 recommendation) Harlem RBI provides inner-city youth with opportunities to play, learn, and grow. They use the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams. Harlem RBI, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is a unique, year-round youth development program based in East Harlem, New York. Since its founding in 1991, Harlem RBI has grown to serve more than 750 boys and girls annually, ages 5-21, providing them with year-round sports, educational, and enrichment activities.
Harlem RBI
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http://www.harlemrbi.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Harlem RBI provides inner-city youth with opportunities to play, learn, and grow. They use the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams. Harlem RBI, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is a unique, year-round youth development program based in East Harlem, New York. Since its founding in 1991, Harlem RBI has grown to serve more than 750 boys and girls annually, ages 5-21, providing them with year-round sports, educational, and enrichment activities.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have a connection to the youth in the community.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could improve marketing on program outcomes.
Health Care Without Harm (1 recommendation) Their impact is building national health care leadership constituency and building national models of policies and practices.
Health Care Without Harm
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http://www.noharm.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their impact is building national health care leadership constituency and building national models of policies and practices.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are highly collaborative.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve their finances and marketing.
Health Education Council Serving Populations at Risk (1 recommendation) Their impact is their ability to reach underserved diverse populations, build ties with these communities, and document successes.
Health Education Council Serving Populations at Risk
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http://www.healthedcouncil.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Their impact is their ability to reach underserved diverse populations, build ties with these communities, and document successes.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their strengths are their leadership and ability to work at all levels (federal grants, state grants, and very community-focused grants).

Areas for Improvement

O
They need to mentor middle managers into leadership roles as senior managers exit; they could bring in more infrastructure funds to be less reliant on grant funding.
Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation (1 recommendation) They have provided seminal, impactful reports on food marketing to children that have helped to change the game.
Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation
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http://www.kff.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have provided seminal, impactful reports on food marketing to children that have helped to change the game.

Organizational Strengths

R
They do a good job of sponsoring conferences and are savvy about 'getting the word out.'

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve with a broader portfolio of topics related to children's health and childhood obesity. They have applied their resources to this space rather narrowly.
Hunger Free Colorado (1 recommendation) Hunger Free Colorado is leading a statewide effort to end childhood hunger in Colorado by 2015. They are pursuing direct service, policy, and planning initiatives towards this goal. They have been effective in dramatically increasing enrollment in summer meals program, have passed legislation to make food stamps more accessible to families in need, and are establishing a 5-year plan with specific benchmarks and goals.
Hunger Free Colorado

http://www.hungerfreecolorado.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Hunger Free Colorado is leading a statewide effort to end childhood hunger in Colorado by 2015. They are pursuing direct service, policy, and planning initiatives towards this goal. They have been effective in dramatically increasing enrollment in summer meals program, have passed legislation to make food stamps more accessible to families in need, and are establishing a 5-year plan with specific benchmarks and goals.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a strong staff, clear mission, and collaborative nature.

Areas for Improvement

N
They're relatively new and could further develop their internal capacity to take on more work. They could do a better job of collaborating with traditional health and healthy living partners.
Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (1 recommendation) The center has been working in partnership with tribes for nearly 30 years to address the tribes' priority health concerns, many of which are nutrition-related. They are making significant inroads into improving nutrition among young mothers and their infants and children, primarily through home-visiting programs on reservations throughout the Southwestern United States.
Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health

http://www.jhsph.edu/caih/

Evidence of Impact

O
The center has been working in partnership with tribes for nearly 30 years to address the tribes' priority health concerns, many of which are nutrition-related. They are making significant inroads into improving nutrition among young mothers and their infants and children, primarily through home-visiting programs on reservations throughout the Southwestern United States.

Organizational Strengths

O
The center's leadership is exceptional and has earned tremendous respect from native people. More than half the staff consists of American Indians. The center's goal is to increase the capacity of tribes to address their public health issues and to train Indian people in this work.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could improve by building their capacity to replicate the proven programs they have developed.
Kamp K'aana (1 recommendation) Kamp K'aana is a residential summer camp program for obese children. The program has been shown to improve self-esteem and body weight among the participating children. Many children actually went from being obese to either overweight or normal weight at follow-up visits. Without improving the self-esteem of obese children, it will be difficult to produce any substantial benefits.
Kamp K'aana

http://www.cho-yeh.org/408846.ihtml

Evidence of Impact

R
Kamp K'aana is a residential summer camp program for obese children. The program has been shown to improve self-esteem and body weight among the participating children. Many children actually went from being obese to either overweight or normal weight at follow-up visits. Without improving the self-esteem of obese children, it will be difficult to produce any substantial benefits.

Organizational Strengths

R
The major strength of the Kamp K'aana program is the supporting staff. None of the staff is being paid to support the program, but they represented a multi-disciplinary team of pediatricians, psychotherapists, nutritionists, registered dietitians, and research scientists. The team also takes on the leadership to raise fund so that children from low-income families can afford to attend the life-changing summer camp program.

Areas for Improvement

R
The nonprofits could definitely improve further with sufficient philanthropic support so that curricula involving the parents can be developed and implemented to maximize the long-term effectiveness of the program.
La Finca Del Sur (1 recommendation) La Finca Del Sur is the first women-operated urban farm in the Bronx! They are rooted in respect for our precious earth, our communities, and ourselves, working together cooperatively to support the economic empowerment of the South Bronx through farming. They seek to provide the space, resources, and training to produce fresh, affordable, and quality food locally. La Finca Del Sur/South Bronx Farmers are currently transforming three acres of land into an innovative urban farm, farmer’s marketplace, health and wellness hub, children’s science program, and community gathering and performance space. La Finca Del Sur/South Bronx Farmers are committed to building healthy neighborhoods through education and food sustainability by providing local, affordable, and quality food, as well as the means to produce it, to low income communities.
La Finca Del Sur

http://bronxfarmers.blogspot.com/

Evidence of Impact

O
La Finca Del Sur is the first women-operated urban farm in the Bronx! They are rooted in respect for our precious earth, our communities, and ourselves, working together cooperatively to support the economic empowerment of the South Bronx through farming. They seek to provide the space, resources, and training to produce fresh, affordable, and quality food locally. La Finca Del Sur/South Bronx Farmers are currently transforming three acres of land into an innovative urban farm, farmer’s marketplace, health and wellness hub, children’s science program, and community gathering and performance space. La Finca Del Sur/South Bronx Farmers are committed to building healthy neighborhoods through education and food sustainability by providing local, affordable, and quality food, as well as the means to produce it, to low income communities.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their strengths are their community connections.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could improve their funding for expansion.
Leon H Pritzker Foundation (1 recommendation) Their impact is funding of the development of after school programs.
Leon H Pritzker Foundation
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http://www.leonhpritzkerfoundation.com/

Evidence of Impact

R
Their impact is funding of the development of after school programs.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strength is their leadership with the White House.
Livewell Colorado (1 recommendation) They are funding community-based activities and working on state and federal policy. They have developed and implemented successful programs and passed state legislation and supported federal legislation.
Livewell Colorado
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http://www.livewellcolorado.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are funding community-based activities and working on state and federal policy. They have developed and implemented successful programs and passed state legislation and supported federal legislation.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong financial support, strong leadership, a statewide network, and a strong foundation to build upon.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve their capacity development.
Meals on Wheels Association of America (1 recommendation) The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest national organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 U.S. states, as well as in the U.S. territories.
Meals on Wheels Association of America
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http://www.mowaa.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest national organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 U.S. states, as well as in the U.S. territories.

Organizational Strengths

O
I see this group’s Emergency Preparedness as a major strength. They step up in-emergency situations to assist hunger and under-nutritioned individuals, families, and even pets! They also address many areas (rural, elderly, emergency) and have a reach in every community around the country.
Michigan Physical Fitness Health and Sports Foundation (1 recommendation) The Michigan Fitness Foundation has strong leadership and collaboration abilities. During Michigan’s worst economic circumstance, this organization has done a remarkable job leveraging state and federal funding for sustainability and growth.
Michigan Physical Fitness Health and Sports Foundation

http://www.michiganfitness.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
The Michigan Fitness Foundation has strong leadership and collaboration abilities. During Michigan’s worst economic circumstance, this organization has done a remarkable job leveraging state and federal funding for sustainability and growth.

Organizational Strengths

O
The Michigan Fitness Foundation needs to expand its board to include more influential members with the ability to attract more sponsorships and non-discretionary grants. Also, the management needs to exclude more C-level, highly-talented personnel such as a CIO, COO, and CFO.
National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (1 recommendation) An offshoot of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, they send out incredibly helpful updates, resources, and other information on a regular basis. They lead national workgroups and put together memos of support. They have been very helpful to our coalition in terms of keeping us updated, informed, and involved on a national level.
National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity

http://www.cspinet.org/nutritionpolicy/nana.html

Evidence of Impact

N
An offshoot of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, they send out incredibly helpful updates, resources, and other information on a regular basis. They lead national workgroups and put together memos of support. They have been very helpful to our coalition in terms of keeping us updated, informed, and involved on a national level.

Organizational Strengths

N
Margo Wootan is a strong leader.
National Association for Sport and Physical Education (1 recommendation) This group developed the national standards for physical education in schools. They provide excellent online resources for schools and others advocating for increased physical activity in schools.
National Association for Sport and Physical Education
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http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/

Evidence of Impact

R
This group developed the national standards for physical education in schools. They provide excellent online resources for schools and others advocating for increased physical activity in schools.

Organizational Strengths

R
The staff from this organization that we have had the pleasure to meet has gone out of their way to foster partnerships between organizations with similar missions. They introduced us to others in the field that proved to be valuable resources in some cases and excellent partners in our later work.
National Council of La Raza (1 recommendation) This is an advocacy organization that looks after the interest of the growing Latino population. It has effectively worked in the area of child nutrition and health and has informed the debates with the Latino perspectives and interests.
National Council of La Raza
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http://www.nclr.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
This is an advocacy organization that looks after the interest of the growing Latino population. It has effectively worked in the area of child nutrition and health and has informed the debates with the Latino perspectives and interests.

Organizational Strengths

F
This is a strong organization with an extensive network of local affiliates. It is often called upon to provide the Latino perspective on policy issues.

Areas for Improvement

F
This organization does accept industry funding. While it has not affected its policy positions, the perception of that support is not helpful. A financial model that would reduce that support would be helpful.
National Dairy Council (1 recommendation) National Dairy has always been a leader in providing nutrition resources to the community. However, in the past few years they have stepped up to include nutrition education programs for children and communities. One example is their notable the "Fuel Up to Play 60" campaign, in which Dairy partners with the NFL to advocate healthy eating and physical activity.
National Dairy Council

http://www.nationaldairycouncil.org/Pages/Home.aspx

Evidence of Impact

N
National Dairy has always been a leader in providing nutrition resources to the community. However, in the past few years they have stepped up to include nutrition education programs for children and communities. One example is their notable the "Fuel Up to Play 60" campaign, in which Dairy partners with the NFL to advocate healthy eating and physical activity.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength is their operations; National Dairy has a satellite organization in each state, which supports the local dairy farmers while connecting them with their communities. Their programs also allow children to understand the "food to table" process, which many children don't understand. Programs in schools are also very successful; children always remember the Dairy programs in their school.

Areas for Improvement

N
Their main nutrition focus is on dairy-based foods; better partnership with entities like Produce for Better Health will allow for better integration of nutrition education across the nutrient span.
National Education Association (1 recommendation) NEA's Health Information Network helps their 12 million members teach sound nutritional and physical education habits.
National Education Association

http://www.nea.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
NEA's Health Information Network helps their 12 million members teach sound nutritional and physical education habits.
National Gardening Association (1 recommendation) They have impact with their financial help to help schools and communities start more gardens.
National Gardening Association
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http://www.garden.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have impact with their financial help to help schools and communities start more gardens.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have good marketing.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve with perhaps assistance, possibly through collaboration, in going to the next step. They could improve by helping communities and schools to use the produce. I have seen the produce in school garden sit and rot, while kids are served inferior produce from the cafeteria.
National Good Food Network (1 recommendation) The National Good Food Network represents practitioners across the value chain, building a new food system that rewards sustainable production, treats growers and workers fairly, improves the health of families and the wealth of communities, and meets the growing demand for healthy, green, fair, and affordable food.
National Good Food Network

http://www.ngfn.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The National Good Food Network represents practitioners across the value chain, building a new food system that rewards sustainable production, treats growers and workers fairly, improves the health of families and the wealth of communities, and meets the growing demand for healthy, green, fair, and affordable food.

Organizational Strengths

N
The network has strong leadership and incredible expertise drawn from partners all over the country.

Areas for Improvement

N
This group needs more staffing and funding.
National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (1 recommendation) This nonprofit has rallied our nation's governors to support children's wellness initiatives in their states. The impact is GREAT because they are able to motivate and educate these extremely key leaders who influence national and state level policies across the country. The impact on my governor and with my state has been extremely important to (and leverages) the work my organization does.
National Governors Association Center for Best Practices
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http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.50aeae5ff70b817ae8ebb856a11010a0/

Evidence of Impact

N
This nonprofit has rallied our nation's governors to support children's wellness initiatives in their states. The impact is GREAT because they are able to motivate and educate these extremely key leaders who influence national and state level policies across the country. The impact on my governor and with my state has been extremely important to (and leverages) the work my organization does.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a strong commitment to child nutrition issues. They are organized and flexible in how they work with all states, key national funders, and state and community level stakeholders.
National Network of Public Health Institutes (1 recommendation) NNPHI leverages and coordinates action by public health institutes across the country, many of which have obesity in their portfolios.
National Network of Public Health Institutes

http://www.nnphi.org/home/

Evidence of Impact

N
NNPHI leverages and coordinates action by public health institutes across the country, many of which have obesity in their portfolios.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their relationships and connections.
Nemours Foundation (1 recommendation) NHPS (Nemours Health and Prevention Services) has established a team of individuals who are working in early childhood schools and healthcare to address childhood obesity, nutrition, and physical activity concerns. They have been a lead organization on the First Lady's Let's Move Campaign, received awards for their proactive approach to disease prevention and health promotion, and are currently the recipient of a 3-year physical education program grant to improve physical activity and wellness policies at school districts throughout Delaware.
Nemours Foundation
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http://www.nemours.org/welcome.html

Evidence of Impact

R
NHPS (Nemours Health and Prevention Services) has established a team of individuals who are working in early childhood schools and healthcare to address childhood obesity, nutrition, and physical activity concerns. They have been a lead organization on the First Lady's Let's Move Campaign, received awards for their proactive approach to disease prevention and health promotion, and are currently the recipient of a 3-year physical education program grant to improve physical activity and wellness policies at school districts throughout Delaware.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have supported both policy and program implementation, which are the two key areas of action when trying to change nutrition and health behavior. They have invested considerable human and financial resources in their efforts as well as established important partnerships at the national and regional level to initiate change.

Areas for Improvement

R
A recent reorganization has been challenging with responsibilities changing. The "kinks" are being worked through as a result of the changes.
New York Road Runner Foundation (1 recommendation) I would recommend the New York Road Runner Foundation (NYRRF) because it supports running-based youth programs that encourage children’s physical fitness, character development, and personal achievement in under-served communities. While starting in NYC, this program has extended nationwide and into Africa.
New York Road Runner Foundation

http://www.nyrrfoundation.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
I would recommend the New York Road Runner Foundation (NYRRF) because it supports running-based youth programs that encourage children’s physical fitness, character development, and personal achievement in under-served communities. While starting in NYC, this program has extended nationwide and into Africa.

Organizational Strengths

O
NYRRF has the cache of being the foremost running organization in the world; NYRRF's premier event is the ING New York City Marathon.

Areas for Improvement

O
Monies could support robust research to further link physical activity to academic performance and fund advocacy efforts to re-establish physical education into the mandatory, daily academic school day.
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (1 recommendation) This group has been a leader in bringing attention to the importance of sustainable agriculture and regional food shed work. They have built alliances across the region that have led to real change and growth.
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

http://www.ngfn.org/regional-lead-teams/2008RLTs/northeast-sustainable-agriculture-working-group

Evidence of Impact

N
This group has been a leader in bringing attention to the importance of sustainable agriculture and regional food shed work. They have built alliances across the region that have led to real change and growth.

Organizational Strengths

N
This organization has very strong leadership and capacity to network. This organization draws on the expertise and capacity of its member groups.

Areas for Improvement

N
This group needs more staffing and funding.
Obesity Cure International (1 recommendation) They have impact with their very large internet presence and many subscribers.
Obesity Cure International

Evidence of Impact

O
They have impact with their very large internet presence and many subscribers.

Organizational Strengths

O
The strengths are limited to the marketing skills of the writers of the web page.

Areas for Improvement

O
This is an example of a "scam" organization that attempts to collect money from victims. Even though these organizations are nonprofits, the employees are paid well for their fundraising activities.
One Tray (1 recommendation) One Tray is working with political leaders and the White House to draft language in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act and the Child Nutrition Act to address the food currently being served in schools.
One Tray

http://onetray.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
One Tray is working with political leaders and the White House to draft language in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act and the Child Nutrition Act to address the food currently being served in schools.

Organizational Strengths

N
One Tray's strength lies in the make-up of the organization, which is a partnership between the National Farm To School Network, Community Food Security Coalition, and School Food Focus. These three organization are each a powerful entity in and of themselves, but its collaborative efforts have been very effective at the national level in addressing issues related to improving school food. I've been very impressed with their ability to engage lawmakers and their aides in discussing the issues and in working with them to help understand the needs of school nutrition programs in order to improve their programs.
Public Health Institute (1 recommendation) This is a very large organization that seems to be connected to many other groups that are doing work on the ground.
Public Health Institute
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http://www.phi.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This is a very large organization that seems to be connected to many other groups that are doing work on the ground.
SPARK (1 recommendation) Their impact is through their curriculum.
SPARK

http://www.sparkpe.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their impact is through their curriculum.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their marketing and relationships.
Save the Children Federation (1 recommendation) Save the Children has a courageous campaign to support taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages. This work is being done with a minimal budget and by maximizing earned media to educate the public about this controversial approach.
Save the Children Federation
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http://www.savethechildren.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Save the Children has a courageous campaign to support taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages. This work is being done with a minimal budget and by maximizing earned media to educate the public about this controversial approach.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a strong reputation for putting the interests of children's health above other considerations.

Areas for Improvement

N
Firstly, they need to help build and work with coalitions at the local level. Secondly, they need to capture the learning from their campaigns and build a powerful campaign to resist industry manipulation of the data and public information.
Shape Up America (1 recommendation) I am familiar with the organization when C. Everett Koop founded it. I am also familiar with the challenges with respect to childhood obesity. I think that the major impacts have been with respect to leadership and the interactive website.
Shape Up America

http://www.shapeup.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
I am familiar with the organization when C. Everett Koop founded it. I am also familiar with the challenges with respect to childhood obesity. I think that the major impacts have been with respect to leadership and the interactive website.

Areas for Improvement

R
I think that more funding would allow it to expand its reach.
Society for Nutrition Education (1 recommendation) This organization provides regular commentary in the policy arena, which ultimately helps direct critical decision-making regarding child nutrition, such as current efforts related to Child Nutrition Reauthorization.
Society for Nutrition Education

http://www.sne.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This organization provides regular commentary in the policy arena, which ultimately helps direct critical decision-making regarding child nutrition, such as current efforts related to Child Nutrition Reauthorization.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strength is their broad membership across the country.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could figure out a way to better engage diverse views.
Sustainable Food Center, Inc. (1 recommendation) They have impact through their program, Sprouting Healthy Kids.
Sustainable Food Center, Inc.

http://www.sustainablefoodcenter.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have impact through their program, Sprouting Healthy Kids.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a strong executive director and a strong board.

Areas for Improvement

N
It is expensive to produce their programs.
The Colorado Health Foundation (1 recommendation) They're new to this work, but they are taking it very seriously and making a difference.
The Colorado Health Foundation

http://www.coloradohealth.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They're new to this work, but they are taking it very seriously and making a difference.
The Praxis Project (1 recommendation) As a national program office for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, they are helping Communities of Color Create Healthy Environments (CCHE). They are very focused in helping communities of color understand how to use community organizing effectively to make changes in their food and recreation environments. There is very little work out there specifically led by communities of color to make changes in the food system or built environment.
The Praxis Project
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http://www.thepraxisproject.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
As a national program office for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, they are helping Communities of Color Create Healthy Environments (CCHE). They are very focused in helping communities of color understand how to use community organizing effectively to make changes in their food and recreation environments. There is very little work out there specifically led by communities of color to make changes in the food system or built environment.

Organizational Strengths

R
The very clear strength of this organization is the organizing background their founder, Makani Themba-Nixon, and training director, Ditra Edwards, have and are able to use to help communities of color make the kind of systems wide change that is necessary. The organization comes with a very clear analysis of what needs to happen to make systems change happen and to be sustained. They have very strong connections with communities of color and organizations—Asian Pacific-Islander, Black, Latino, multiracial, Native/Indigenous—and are strongly networked with organizations led on the ground and nationally by people of color.

Areas for Improvement

R
As usual, they are stretched thin with the commitments they have and could use a few more resources to help them coordinate their activities better. Also, there is a huge need for funding for CCHE type programs that they are in a good position to manage.
The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College (1 recommendation) This organization serves as the umbrella to several very effective organization involved in food insecurity, childhood obesity, school nutrition, food access, and a wealth of other issues related to the environment. A couple of notable organizations that operate out of UEPI are the National Farm to School Network and the Community Food Security Coalition.
The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College

http://departments.oxy.edu/uepi/

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization serves as the umbrella to several very effective organization involved in food insecurity, childhood obesity, school nutrition, food access, and a wealth of other issues related to the environment. A couple of notable organizations that operate out of UEPI are the National Farm to School Network and the Community Food Security Coalition.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength is the leadership of Robert Gottlieb, who is the director of UEPI, a Henry Luce Professor, an author, and a foremost expert on environmental issues.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve with more financial resources.
Trust for Americas Health (1 recommendation) This organization provides state level data on the trends and costs of obesity that can be used with the media and policy-makers to effect change.
Trust for Americas Health

http://healthyamericans.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization provides state level data on the trends and costs of obesity that can be used with the media and policy-makers to effect change.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their credibility, marketing, and public relations.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could coordinate more with local groups in public relation campaigns, as local groups get asked to comment and could be better prepared to do so.
Tufts University, Children in Balance Initiative (1 recommendation) Their impact is the development and dissemination of evidence-based interventions.
Tufts University, Children in Balance Initiative

http://www.childreninbalance.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Their impact is the development and dissemination of evidence-based interventions.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their strengths are their leadership (Christina Economos) and their focus on community-based research.
United Way Worldwide (1 recommendation) The United Way approach of having a coalition of charitable organizations to pool efforts in fundraising and support has made a significant impact in local level nutrition programs. Partnerships with schools, government agencies, businesses, organized labor, financial institutions, community development corporations, voluntary and neighborhood associations, the faith community, and others are key to sustainability and growth of local programs and the ability for "successful" programs to be replicated.
United Way Worldwide
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http://www.unitedway.org/worldwide/

Evidence of Impact

N
The United Way approach of having a coalition of charitable organizations to pool efforts in fundraising and support has made a significant impact in local level nutrition programs. Partnerships with schools, government agencies, businesses, organized labor, financial institutions, community development corporations, voluntary and neighborhood associations, the faith community, and others are key to sustainability and growth of local programs and the ability for "successful" programs to be replicated.

Organizational Strengths

N
Coalition building and volunteerism is what makes their "model" work. Volunteers who aid in delivering nutrition based programming also tend to change their lifestyle habits as well, creating a "whole" approach to changing the nutritional environment of the community at large.

Areas for Improvement

N
More initiatives and campaigns focusing on childhood obesity and recognition that nutrition is academic and that good health allows children to have a better education; they are hand in hand.
WhyHunger (1 recommendation) The Food Security Learning Center is a major resource for groups and individuals all across the nation. WhyHunger has been successful in creating partnerships with performing artists and the music industry to benefit grassroots solutions to hunger and poverty across the nation. The Harry Chapin media awards and the annual self-reliance awards bring attention to successful local efforts and permit their replication.
WhyHunger
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http://https://www.whyhunger.org/index.php

Evidence of Impact

R
The Food Security Learning Center is a major resource for groups and individuals all across the nation. WhyHunger has been successful in creating partnerships with performing artists and the music industry to benefit grassroots solutions to hunger and poverty across the nation. The Harry Chapin media awards and the annual self-reliance awards bring attention to successful local efforts and permit their replication.

Organizational Strengths

R
The senior staff of WhyHunger, especially Executive Director Bill Ayres, has been a reliable source of wisdom to the entire anti-hunger community. You can count on Bill and on WhyHunger to provide thoughtful leadership in responding to both opportunities and challenges.

Areas for Improvement

R
WhyHunger needs to find larger space and upgrade its equipment and technology.
World Health Organization (1 recommendation) They have a global impact of nutrition programs and policies. WHO fulfils its objectives through its core functions: providing leadership on matters critical to health and engaging in partnerships where joint action is needed; shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation, and dissemination of valuable knowledge; setting norms and standards and promoting and monitoring their implementation; articulating ethical and evidence-based policy options; providing technical support, catalyzing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity; and monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends.
World Health Organization

http://www.who.int/en/

Evidence of Impact

O
They have a global impact of nutrition programs and policies. WHO fulfils its objectives through its core functions: providing leadership on matters critical to health and engaging in partnerships where joint action is needed; shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation, and dissemination of valuable knowledge; setting norms and standards and promoting and monitoring their implementation; articulating ethical and evidence-based policy options; providing technical support, catalyzing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity; and monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends.

Organizational Strengths

O
The overall performance of WHO will be measured by the impact of its work on women's health and health in Africa.
Yale/Griffin Prevention Research Center (1 recommendation) Their impact is partnering with the PRC for the past six years on program implementation (Nutrition Detectives and ABC For Fitness) and research.
Yale/Griffin Prevention Research Center

http://www.yalegriffinprc.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Their impact is partnering with the PRC for the past six years on program implementation (Nutrition Detectives and ABC For Fitness) and research.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their strengths are their leadership by Dr. David Katz, effective research team, and reputation and recognition in the field.

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