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:
In the Spotlight
Live Online Event on January 13 Will Feature Recommendations, Innovative Programs and Policies from Across the Nation
Schools Around the Country Successfully Implementing New Meal Standards
The USDA has just posted a blog entry on Schools Around the Country Successfully Implementing New Meal Standards. The vast majority of schools across the country are meeting the updated meal standards successfully, which is so important to help all our Nations children lead healthier lives. USDA continues to provide additional flexibility and technical assistance to schools as they all now work to offer healthier meals. We encourage the eligible school districts that have chosen not to participate in the program to take steps to ensure all children will still have access to healthy, affordable meals during the school day. Here are some of the many examples of schools that have been successful in implementing these changes and success stories from states.
Has your local health department worked collaboratively with a school district/system to enhance compliance to the new USDA school meal rules? If so, tell us your story. We would love to spread the news of your efforts.
New Obesity Resources
The 2012 IOM report Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention identified five environments in which change is needed to accelerate progress in obesity prevention. Each of these settings - physical activity, food and beverage, messaging, health care and worksites, and schools - interact with the others, creating a set of interconnected systems that can be changed only through engagement, leadership, and action among many groups and at many levels. The IOM Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention held a workshop to examine the role of the many factors that contribute to health disparities and to explore ways to create equity.
Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts develops a concise and actionable plan for measuring the nation's progress in obesity prevention efforts- specifically, the success of policy and environmental strategies recommended in the 2012 IOM report Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts develops a concise and actionable plan for measuring the nation's progress in obesity prevention efforts--specifically, the success of policy and environmental strategies recommended in the 2012 IOM report Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation. This book offers a framework that will provide guidance for systematic and routine planning, implementation, and evaluation of the advancement of obesity prevention efforts.