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Obesity Resources

Overweight or obese is described as being of a weight that is higher than what is considered as a healthy weight for a given height.

CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity works to maintain health and prevent chronic disease by promoting healthy eating and active living for Americans of all ages.  They work with state and local partners on community solutions to help increase healthy food choices and connect people to places and opportunities where they can be regularly active.

The State of Obesity – Better Policies for a Healthier America
Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the 12th annual report, The State of Obesity – Better Policies for a Healthier America. This year’s report  finds adult obesity rates remained mostly steady this past year, increasing in five states and remaining stable in all others.  Rates are at or above 30 percent in almost half of states (22), putting some 78 million Americans at an increased risk for a range of serious health problems – including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.  Accordingly, the obesity epidemic remains one of our nation’s most serious health crises.

The Lancet – Obesity 2015
Today’s food environments exploit people’s biological, psychological, social, and economic vulnerabilities, making it easier for them to eat unhealthy foods. This reinforces preferences and demands for foods of poor nutritional quality, furthering the unhealthy food environments. Regulatory actions from governments and increased efforts from industry and civil society will be necessary to break these vicious cycles

Eat Healthy, Be Active Workshops
Six 1-hour workshops were developed, based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 and 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Each workshop includes a lesson plan, learning objectives, talking points, hands-on activities, videos, and handouts. The workshops are designed for community educators, health promoters, dietitians/nutritionists, cooperative extension agents, and others to teach to adults in a wide variety of community settings. Available in English and Spanish.

Rural Community Profiles: Stories About Improving Nutrition, Increasing Physical Activity, and Making Schools Healthier
ChangeLab Solutions has compiled stories and created three easy-to-use handouts that focus on nutrition, physical activity, and schools. Each handout highlights three stories from rural communities that have used local assets to promote health, and contains a list of strategies that other communities can use. Rural residents can share these handouts with community coalitions as inspiration or decision-makers to make the case for new projects.

Community-Based Interventions to Decrease Obesity and Tobacco Exposure and Reduce Health Care Costs: Outcome Estimates From Communities Putting Prevention to Work for 2010-2020
In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW), a $485 million program to reduce obesity, tobacco use, and exposure to secondhand smoke. CPPW awardees implemented evidence-based policy, systems, and environmental changes to sustain reductions in chronic disease risk factors. This article describes short-term and potential long-term benefits of the CPPW investment.

Signs of Progress: Declining Childhood Obesity Rates
After increasing steadily for decades, the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off. This policy brief examines reports from across the country to learn more about where progress is being made to address childhood obesity.

Active Transportation
Active transportation includes non-motorized transportation options such as walking and biking, and is ideally linked with transit networks. Well-connected streets with safe pedestrian and bicyclist paths and infrastructure can promote a healthy and active lifestyle for everyone.

Food Systems
A healthy, sustainable food system emphasizes, strengthens, and makes visible the interdependent and inseparable relationships between individual sectors (from production to waste disposal) and characteristics (health-promoting, sustainable, resilient, diverse, fair, economically balanced, and transparent) of the system.

Screen Time vs Lean Time
This infographic focuses on the amount of time the average child, in key age groups, spends in front of a screen for entertainment purposes each day. It also provides tips for healthier activities and ways parents can limit screen time in the home. Released April 2012.

Screen vs Lean

Time to Scale Back
This infographic address the growth of portion sizes using hamburgers as an example. It includes suggestions for individuals and communities to scale back for healthier eating. Released June 2012.

Scale back

The New (Ab)Normal
This infographic shows the increase in portion sizes for popular food. It includes suggestions for individuals and communities to reduce overeating when eating out. Released May 2012.


The More They Burn, The Better They Learn
This infographic focuses on the connections between physical activity and academic performance and encourages parents to help their kids be active. Released August 2012.

learn and burn

Go Light When You Grab a Bite
This infographic outlines how Americans have shifted their food spending between 1960 and 2011 and the impact that eating our meals away from home. Released January 2013.

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