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  • Round 3 deadline extended 2013-03-13 14:45:03

    The submission deadline for Round 3 of the AJPM Childhood Obesity challenge has been extended to March 31, 2013.

  • Round 2 Winners 2013-01-15 14:31:22

    The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) is pleased to announce "Healthy Kids Out of School," led by Peter R. Dolan and Christina D. Economos of ChildObesity180, as the winner of Round 2 of the Childhood Obesity Challenge.

    AJPM will feature "Healthy Kids Out of School" in an upcoming issue, and will award them the first-place prize of $2,500.

    "Movin' Afterschool," submitted by Jennifer Huberty of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Mary Balluff of the Douglas County (Nebraska) Health Department, and "License to Kale," submitted by a team from ChangeLab Solutions tied for second place.

    After review by the editors, the entry with the highest number of votes (Protect Kids: Ban Processed Meat) in the public voting phase was found not to be sufficiently related to the mission of the Childhood Obesity Challenge (Round 2). In light of this decision, The editors have decided not to award the the Popular Choice prize during this round.

    All submissions to Round 2 remain viewable through the Submission Gallery.

    The third and final round of the competition will be open for submissions beginning FEBRUARY 19, 2013. Individuals and teams interested in participating in the upcoming competition are encouraged to consult the Challenge website at for more details.

  • Round 1 Winners 2012-10-01 16:01:56

    The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) is pleased to announce FoodCorps as the winner of the first Childhood Obesity Challenge. The Challenge is an online competition for innovative ideas to combat the childhood obesity epidemic.

    FoodCorps uses a nationwide team of AmeriCorps service members embedded in public schools to directly focus on healthy eating for children through education as well as work with local farmers, chefs, and school food service to get nutritious food on school lunch trays. As the winner of the first round of the Challenge, the project description, submitted by a team led by Jerusha Klemperer, one of 6 co-founders of FoodCorps, will be published in both the print and online versions of AJPM. FoodCorps will also receive a $2,500 prize.

    Second prize of the competition went to "Caloric Calculator" submitted by Claire Wang and colleagues at Columbia University. Tied for third prize were "Designing Healthy Corridors" submitted by a team led by Amy Confair and "Healthy Eating Design Guidelines" submitted by Matthew Trowbridge at the University of Virginia along with colleagues at VMDO Architects in Charlottesville and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. "Home Cooked Meals" submitted by Salman Rajput, a student at Dartmouth University, won the popular vote, which was open for public voting from August 15 – September 30, 2012.

    All 107 entries are available for view in the Archive Gallery

    The Challenge will continue as a series of three additional competitions to be held through April 2013. Future competitions will focus on specific aspects of combatting childhood obesity. Details regarding the next competition will be provided on this website on October 18, 2012.

  • Public Voting Results 2012-10-01 15:16:09

    Public voting draws 4,476 votes. Home Cooked Meals wins by pulling in 433 votes.

  • Public Voting Now Open 2012-08-15 17:26:15

    The 107 submissions to the AJPM Childhood Obesity Challenge are now open for popular vote through Sept. 30!

  • AJPM Journal Feature 2012-06-28 11:12:53

    In addition to a $2,500 cash prize, the winning submission will be featured in the print and online editions of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

  • Welcome 2012-06-27 10:10:49

    An online competition open to all innovators with solutions for one of the biggest public health challenges of our time.