Obesity Prevention/Physical Activity/Nutrition
About Obesity Prevention, Physical Activity, and Nutrition
More than one-third of U.S. adults (over 72 million people) and 17 perecent of U.S. children are obese. During 1980–2008, obesity rates doubled for adults and tripled for children. The cause for the obesity endemic in the United States stems from a variety of factors. During the past several decades, obesity rates for all population groups—regardless of age, sex, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, education level, or geographic region—have increased substantially.
Local health departments (LHDs) play a crucial role in the identification, management and prevention of obesity. Through program initiatives and community outreach, LHDs will be called upon to investigate methods which influence individual behavior modification as well as community dynamics and how they factor into nutrition, physical activity and obesity.
Our current projects include the following:
New PAG Midcourse Report
The Physical Activity Guidelines (PAG) for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth
U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) reviewed evidence-based strategies in five settings for increasing physical activity among young people aged 3 to 17 years. Providing opportunities for physical activity can help children and adolescents meet the recommended levels
The following five settings or places reviewed in the report include schools, preschool and childcare centers, communities, home, and health careMore »