Chime In!

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out our tool! The literature review for the Caloric Calculator is on-going, and we’ll add on new functions and interventions over time. In the meantime, we’d love to hear any comments or suggestions for improving the tool. If there are any important interventions, policies, or programs that you think should be included, let us know.

Feedback can be left in the form below, or emailed to Project Manager Amber Hsiao. If you liked the tool, please consider voting for us in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine Childhood Obesity Challenge.


What People Are Saying

“This calculator is a very important tool in understanding how different approaches and policies will help close the calorie gap needed to address the pressing problem of obesity.”
Kelly Brownell, PhD, Director of the Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity

“The caloric calculator quickly shows you that not all policy changes are equal—some strategies can make a major dent in childhood obesity risk… and others not so much. This tool should be required when policymakers are considering their choices.”
Steve Gortmaker, PhD, Professor of the Practice of Health Sociology, Harvard School of Public Health

“This could be a great tool for teachers to incorporate more physical activity in their daily classroom schedules. It also can be an effective tool for policymakers and administrators to use before deciding to cut important PE and wellness programs.”
Teacher, Santa Barbara County, California

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4 thoughts on “Feedback

  1. This is cool! Will you incorporate costs of the proposal (for example, so policymakers could weigh the cost with the potential impact) and reach into the calculator?

    • Dear Jennifer, Thanks so much for your feedback and glad that you find the Calculator useful. Your suggestion for incorporating cost of programs into the tool is a fantastic one. Our team has been working on a range of analyses looking at the cost and cost-effectiveness of these programs. I think a possibility is to provide some simple costing module so policymakers can adjust to the size of the district and local characteristics.

  2. I was hoping this would be more basic so that my niece could see how many basic calories she should be giving her daughter (my great niece) who is overweight at age 2 1/2 and weighs 42 lbs.

    • Carol, thanks for trying out the Calculator and your feedback. Our tool was designed with a policy and population health in mind, that’s why we have several school- and community-based interventions in our evidence review. Weight management at age 2 1/2 is an important issue, and our suggestion is for your niece to consult with a pediatrician or a dietitian to obtain the best clinical advice that is right for her daughter.

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