The Childhood Obesity Coalition was started in October 2008 led by East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Since then, the Coalition has grown to include more than 50 community agencies and organizations represented by over 130 individuals. In Spring 2018, the University of Tennessee’s Department of Nutrition, under leadership from the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Leadership and Education Program faculty, Drs. Marsha Spence and Betsy Anderson Steeves, and funded trainees in the program, took over facilitation of the coalition; and it was renamed the East Tennessee Childhood Obesity Coalition (ETCOC).
The Coalition’s mission is to prevent and reduce childhood obesity by promoting healthy, active lifestyles through family, community and interprofessional collaborations. Our vision: All children in East Tennessee have access to nourishing foods, opportunities for physical activity, and community resources to support healthy weight.
The Coalition’s work is undertaken by three committees: Policy, Assessment and Outreach. We invite you or your organization to join a committee or participate in a variety of other ways. Working together we can improve the health of children and families.