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December 10, 2015 5:00 AMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Fighting Obesity in U.S. Cities

Woman's legs as she runs on a bridge

In a recent Guardian article, “Violence, climate change, obesity: world’s cities face growing health risks,” obesity is one of the major challenges facing cities around the world. Cities here in the United States are no exception; more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese according to the CDC. But communities — rural and urban — are taking action to build healthier, more equitable communities through APA’s Plan4Health initiative:

St. Louis, Missouri

The Healthy Eating Active Living Partnership aims to reduce obesity in St. Louis by five percent by 2018. The coalition invites city leaders and residents to consider how redesigning a street can encourage an increase in walking and biking.

Tarrant County, Texas

In southeast Fort Worth, planners and public health professionals are joining forces to increase access to healthy, fresh foods. How are they doing it? By partnering with neighborhood corner stores healthy retail policies; encouraging the use of mobile markets and introducing produce pushcarts.

Eastern Highlands, Connecticut

Connecting planning and public health through policy is often the first step in improving long term health in a community. In Connecticut, learn how the Eastern Highlands (Connecticut) Health District Community Health Action Response Team (CHART) is working with planning and zoning commissioners to help them rethink how their planning decisions will impact a community’s health.

The work being done in these communities to fight chronic diseases like obesity would not be possible without funding for community health programs. Join APA in expressing the value of these critical CDC programs.

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