Southern Collaborative on Obesity Reduction Efforts (SCORE)

What is SCORE?

CSG, through the Southern Collaborative on Obesity Reduction Efforts (SCORE) project, is helping a select group of Southern states create policies and programs that target childhood obesity. The project is currently focused on Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina and West Virginia, states with the six highest rates of childhood obesity. CSG established teams of state legislators and state officials (from the departments of health, education and even agriculture) and combined them with local policymakers within the state. The main purpose of these teams is to create coalitions that will develop and implement strategic action plans to reduce child obesity through programs specifically focused on healthy eating, active living or changes to the social environment leading to healthy lifestyles. SCORE is funded by a grant from the Leadership for Healthy Communities, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
As part of the technical assistance component of the SCORE program, CSG is learning from local school systems through onsite visits. By speaking with school administrators, wellness coordinators, staff and students, we hope to gain valuable insight into the success and challenges of creating healthy academic environments. On the following pages, you will be able to find some of the most innovative and effective programs we have found on our site visits.




North Carolina


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West Virginia




Michelle Klink, senior adviser for Leadership for Healthy Communities, from left, Kentucky state Rep. Addia Wuchner, Tennessee Health Commissioner Susan Cooper and Dr. Veronica Gunn, Tennessee’s chief medical officer, get a look at the nursing program being taught at Osceola County High School in Kissimmee, Fla. The high school uses students enrolled in the nursing program to help monitor the blood pressure and health of students and it also has an extensive school wellness center for students. SCORE team members visited this school during a conference in May 2008 where they began creating the strategic action plans for their states.



CSG Testifies in Kentucky


In November, CSG was called to testify before the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare, Families and Children Subcommittee, of the Kentucky legislature. Pam Goins, from right, director of education policy, and Jennifer Ginn, education policy analyst, discussed with legislators the types of food available at schools nationally and examples of innovative legislation states have taken to improve nutrition and reduce childhood obesity. See a copy of the PowerPoint.