If we want more evidence-based practice, we need more practice-based evidence.*

The Institute of Medicineís recent report, Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts, develops a concise and actionable plan for measuring the nation's progress in obesity prevention efforts - specifically, the success of policy and environmental strategies recommended in the 2012 IOM report Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation. This book offers a framework that will provide guidance for systematic and routine planning, implementation, and evaluation of the advancement of obesity prevention efforts. This framework is for specific use with the goals and strategies from the 2012 report and can be used to assess the progress made in every community and throughout the country, with the ultimate goal of reducing the obesity epidemic. It offers potentially valuable guidance in improving the quality and effect of the actions being implemented.

The recommendations of Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts focus on efforts to increase the likelihood that actions taken to prevent obesity will be evaluated, that their progress in accelerating the prevention of obesity will be monitored, and that the most promising practices will be widely disseminated. 

Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts is available to read or download at no charge at this link: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18334. Itís also possible to purchase a print version of the prepublication, or preorder a print version of the final version. 

As a special offer, you can receive a 25% discount off the list price for print versions of either the prepublication or the final forthcoming version of the report when you use promotional code F3EPOP.

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Updated: 08/22/2013