Obesity FOCUS Group

One third of children in America are overweight. Expert recommendations for multidisciplinary and tertiary care have been developed to address pediatric obesity. However, there is variability in practice, lack of consensus and limited evidence on effectiveness. The Association aims to address some of these challenges with its childhood obesity FOCUS Group, FOCUS on a Fitter Future.

In its fourth and final generation, the group brings together colleagues from 23 children's hospitals around the country to address common challenges and vexing concerns around the issue of childhood obesity. 

The following hospitals are members of FOCUS on a Fitter Future IV:

  • Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock, AR
  • Children's Hospital and Research Center, Oakland, CA
  • Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, Palo Alto, CA
  • Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO
  • Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, CT
  • A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE
  • Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC
  • Florida Hospital for Children, Orlando, FL
  • Children's Hospital of Illinois, Peoria, IL
  • Kosair Children's Hospital, Norton Healthcare, Inc, Louisville, KY
  • Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
  • Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, Inc., Baltimore, MD
  • C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics, Kansas City, MO
  • Children's Hospital and Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH
  • Doernbecher Children's Hospital at Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Dell Children's Medical Center, Austin, TX
  • Seattle Children's, Seattle, WA
  • American Family Children's Hospital, Madison, WI

Outcome documents from prior cohorts are available. For more information, contact Karen Seaver Hill, (202) 753-5335 or Stacy Biddinger, (202) 753-5341.

FOCUS on a Fitter Future II: Executive Report- April 3, 2012
The 2011 FOCUS on a Fitter Future Executive Report is a summary of several work products from the Association's Childhood Obesity FOCUS Group. It is intended to provide high-level information about the work of the 2010-2011 collaborative group. Restricted