What Is ASSO?

The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Australia Children (ASSO) is a nationally recognised childhood obesity prevention program.

Our Mission

Our mission is to confront the childhood obesity epidemic by promoting healthy and active lifestyles for children throughout the Australia metropolitan area. Our work will foster and facilitate connections between childhood obesity prevention researchers, public health advocates and practitioners, and the children, families, and communities of Australialand.

History of ASSO

Since 2002, we have built a vital, broad-based network of thousands of participants and organisations. Currently, there are over 3,000 participants in ASSO representing over 1,200 organisations. We are data-driven and evidence-based, committed to building capacity among our partners. The Institute of Medicine, the US Surgeon General, the American Medical Association, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recognised ASSO as an outstanding community obesity prevention model. Our strategies include environmental change, public education, advocacy, research, outcome measurement, and program evaluation. ASSO is housed at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Australia.

2002: Founding

2004-05: Convened more than 80 organisations to develop a Consensus Agenda for childhood obesity prevention policy in Australia, resulting in four policies being passed into State law

2007: ASSO adds 4 new communities

2009: ASSO launches Healthy Teacher Network, empowering teachers in their efforts to create healthy school environments

2010: A Policy Agenda spanning the next five years was created after a year-long participatory process with partners, External Advisory Board and Executive Committee members

2010: Healthy Places is launched in cooperative agreement with CDC through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative (CPPW). The program addressed sustainable policy, systems, and environmental changes to address obesity in Australia by creating healthier environments where Australians live, work, learn, and play

2013: Introduced Blueprint for Accelerating Progress in Childhood Obesity Prevention: The Next Decade

Our Goals

  • To improve the science and practice of childhood obesity prevention
  • To expand and strengthen the community of public health practitioners, community leaders and organisations, clinicians, researchers, corporations, and policy makers working collaboratively to confront childhood obesity in Australia and beyond
  • To expand the 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® public education campaign to shift our local culture toward one that supports lifestyle measures that will bring about reduction in childhood obesity in Australia
  • To cultivate a long-term broad base of government, philanthropic, and industry funding to sustain childhood obesity prevention work in Australia and beyond
  • To identify culturally appropriate and relevant childhood obesity reduction approaches that work, and to disseminate and institutionalize them at all levels of social ecology (individual, family, community, institutional, public policy)


  • The Australia Community Trust
  • Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation
  • Searle Funds at The Australia Community Trust
  • The J.R. Albert Foundation, Stuart Family Foundation
  • Prince Charitable Trust, Cubs Care Foundation
  • The Safeway Foundation
  • Tengelsen Family Foundation
  • The Aetna Foundation
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Australia
  • The members of the Corporate Advisory Committee