FHI 360 manages the Coordinating Center for the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research in the United States, which brings together four of the nation’s leading research organizations—the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and U.S. Department of Agriculture —in a public–private partnership to accelerate progress on reversing the epidemic of overweight and obesity among U.S. youth. The project’s overarching goal is to align and coordinate partner efforts for maximum efficiency and impact. FHI 360 provides critical, substantive support in strategic planning and coordination, communication, project and research support, and evaluation.
FHI 360 looks at the factors that affect obesity and works to inform the public how to combat the epidemic. For example, FHI 360 developed materials to increase awareness of obstacles to obesity-reduction, such as the lack of healthy foods in some communities, which can impede individuals from making healthy choices. These types of initiatives work to empower and encourage communities to demand healthier food options in their neighborhoods.
In 2010, the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research was one of three initiatives selected by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to receive an inaugural HHSinnovates award.