Childhood Obesity Index
About the Index
The Childhood Obesity Index is a navigational tool to maps of childhood obesity prevalence at the national, state, county, MSA, congressional and state legislative district and zip code levels, further segmented by race/ethnicity and gender.
Johnson & Johnson Answers the Call to Action
to Help Combat Childhood Obesity.
Gateway to a Healthy Community™ is an enterprise-wide initiative that aims to create a world free of health disparities by helping to address un-met and under-served medical needs. Making a difference in the lives of children has always been at the core of Johnson & Johnson’s business and philanthropic legacy. Johnson & Johnson recognizes that the prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States, particularly in minority communities, poses an enormous threat to child health that will lead to major social, financial and educational burdens if not addressed.
As a result, Johnson & Johnson, in partnership with the National Minority Quality Forum, supported the development of the Childhood Obesity Index as part of the Gateway to a Healthy Community™ Initiative.
The Childhood Obesity Index is an innovative, first-of-its-kind tool that maps the prevalence of childhood obesity in communities across the United States down to the zip code level. Johnson & Johnson leveraged the Childhood Obesity Index to determine the areas of greatest need when it launched Healthier Kids, a program that is incorporated under the Gateway to a Healthy Community™ umbrella.
Johnson & Johnson is now offering the Childhood Obesity Index to the public free of charge. Johnson and Johnson believes that this important information can help local leaders, policymakers, health and medical professionals, advocacy groups, individuals and organizations to understand, and better address, the prevalence of childhood obesity in their communities.
Guided by Our Credo, and in partnership with public and private organizations in communities, we know we can achieve extraordinary outcomes to eradicate health disparities such as childhood obesity.