The Caloric Calculator is a user-friendly web tool that allows individuals in a broad range of roles—including policymakers, teachers, administrators, community leaders, and parents—to explore and to compare effective, evidence-based options to reduce childhood obesity.
The tool makes it easy to compare the relative impacts of making changes to local, state, or federal policies in addressing childhood obesity. Given limited time and resources for evaluation of current and past interventions—not to mention the large body of scientific literature available—we aim to provide a centralized and approachable tool that synthesizes the best existing evidence on approaches that hold the most promise in changing the face of the epidemic.
Meet the Team!
Y. Claire Wang, MD, ScD, is Assistant Professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with training in modeling and epidemiology. Expanding on her signature work on the Energy Gap, she created the Calculator to facilitate the evaluation of strategies needed to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. Dr. Wang has done extensive research on obesity and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption trends in the U.S. population, making major ripples with her recent analysis on the impact of a penny-per-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage tax on health. Find out more about her work here.
Amber Hsiao, MPH, is a health policy researcher and project manager at the Mailman School who leads the evidence review and design behind the development of the Caloric Calculator. She draws from her training and experiences in public health and communications from working with community organizations, including City Harvest, the Clinton Foundation’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and the NYC East & Central Harlem District Public Health Office in the area of physical activity and wellness in schools.
Michael Slaven has over 10 years of experience using technology to improve environments for teaching and learning, both real and virtual. He is the digital architect behind the design and functionalities of the tool.
Keturah Childs is an 8th grade math teacher in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She is passionate about health issues affecting school-aged children and committed to finding concrete solutions to combat America’s obesity epidemic. In the past she worked as a research assistant at the University of Michigan Medical School. Her experiences there have made her eager to explore how nonmedical interventions can minimize the effects of heart disease and obesity. She is interning with the team and is the voice behind the Calculator video guide.