build. Design quality-driven, evidence-dense obesity solutions. Design solutions we are exploring include: behavioral programs for wellness, changing habits; advancements in bariatric surgery; development of profitable wellness offerings; integrated free-range biomarker and behavior feedback monitoring; models for systemic improvement of health on campuses and other organizations and communities; enhancements to clinician-patient interaction that increase obese patient satisfaction; and/or high-scale community-building strategies using web technology.
test. Demonstrate which obesity solutions work and where and when. Currently there is a lot of information out there about weight loss without a solid basis in scientific evidence. We are moving beyond standard clinical measures of effectiveness, using such approaches as “big data” bioinformatics, geodata, and biomarker development to identify and prove the most effective target approaches for lasting societal, behavioral, and policy changes that will positively impact health status on both the individual and collective levels.
deliver. Deliver to people targeted and effective obesity solutions based on evidence. We acknowledge that there are many different ways to deliver solutions to the people. Delivery could include biosensor and platform development for real-time assessment of people in the free-living world; medical home technologies to integrate patient care into their homes, workplaces and, for children, schools; expanded community health worker training for scalable obesity and chronic disease care delivery in disparate communities; behavioral interventions in schools; policy and infrastructure changes that impact entire cities or regions; and changing the public perception about obesity and how we think of it as a problem, or not.
disseminate. Implement our solutions on a large scale. Dissemination of cutting-edge obesity research requires investment in community-based research efforts to bring solutions to where they are most needed; national and international partnerships and projects; policy influence; maintaining strong ties to schools; and a clear multi-level communication strategy.
educate. Produce the next generation of knowledgeable health care workers. Educational platforms include: internships, online, teach-the-teachers, degree/certificate programs, public communication and community and policy dialog. Encouraging critical and holistic thinking about obesity is central.