The Voices for Healthy Kids Campaign and US State Legislation to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Am J Public Health. 2016 Mar;106(3):436-9. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.303002. Epub 2016 Jan 21.


We documented childhood obesity legislative activity in all 50 US states that occurred in parallel to the first year of Voices for Healthy Kids (Voices), a campaign to mobilize evidence-based legislation addressing childhood obesity. We identified 217 bills in the year before Voices (November 2012 to October 2013) and 304 bills at follow-up (November 2013 to October 2014). In states with active Voices grantees, the bill enactment rate was 50% higher (increasing from 10% at baseline to 15% at follow-up).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Health Policy / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Pediatric Obesity / prevention & control*
  • State Government
  • United States