Childhood Obesity–Can Faith-Based Organizations Make a Difference?

By Rev. Michael O. Minor, EdD |  February 21, 2012

Faith-based Advocacy to End Childhood Obesity

By Rev. Michael O. Minor, EdD, National Director, of H.O.P.E and the NBCUSA Health and Human Services Partnership.

Dr. Michael Minor has published an article in a special issue of the Childhood Obesity journal highlighting First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign to end childhood obesity.  Dr. Minor's article discusses the development of a national evidence-based paradigm to support the assertion that faith-based advocacy is effective in ending childhood obesity. Three central questions will frame this discussion:

  1. Does the work of faith-based organizations make a difference in the war against childhood obesity?
  2. If so, how can evidence-based research be used to prove it?
  3. Is this “difference” sustainable, resulting in permanent lifestyle changes?...

"There is every hope that the H.O.P.E. research efforts will support what the anecdotal evidence has shown—faith community efforts make a difference in the war against childhood obesity. Looking forward, if this hope is proven to be true, will this “difference” be sustainable resulting in permanent lifestyle changes?...

We "hope that the work we began with a few church ushers in rural Northwest Mississippi will follow the same path from a few churches to more churches, to a denomination, and, finally, an accepted necessary
component of regular congregational ministry."

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Press Release, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers -- New Rochelle, NY, 2/21/12

"...This article is part of a special issue of the journal Childhood Obesity celebrating the second anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.  The issue includes a special Foreword by Mrs. Obama and is available free on the Childhood Obesity website (click here to view the issue online).

“Faith-Based Advocacy To End Childhood Obesity: Using Evidence-Based Information,” an article by Michael Minor, AB, MBA, MS, EdD, Director, H.O.P.E. Health Initiative, National Baptist Convention, USA, Incorporated, Hernando, Mississippi, discusses the development of a national evidence-based paradigm to support the belief that faith-based advocacy can have an effective role in preventing childhood obesity..."

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