Preventing Obesity by Design

What is Preventing Obesity by Design (POD)?

Preventing Obesity by Design (POD) is an on-going comprehensive, health promotion design intervention focused on the outdoor environments of childcare centers.

Developed by the Natural Learning Initiative, the primary goal of POD is to increase early childhood physical activity and food awareness through evidence-informed design assistance, teacher training, and dissemination of information. The POD program considers design of outdoor environments in early childhood as a health promotion intervention.

POD served as the Built Environment Component of the Shape NC Program, North Carolina Partnership for Children.