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.
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.