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About Obesity Prevention, Physical Activity, and Nutrition

More than one-third of U.S. adults (over 72 million people) and 17 percent 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.

Progress in obesity management and prevention are being made by developing policies, systems, and environmental initiatives that help make healthy choices available, affordable, and easy.

See below for past NACCHO projects for resources on obesity prevention, physical activity and nutrition initiatives:

Upcoming Webinars

Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks: Promoting Informed Choices

September 24, 2014, 11.30 a.m. PT/2.30 p.m. ET

Join this webinar where ChangeLab Solutions will discuss a policy to require safety warnings on sugar-sweetened beverages to inform consumers of the harmful health impact of consuming those products. This is an emerging policy strategy that has great potential to change social norms around sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), to reduce the prevalence of youth and adult obesity and diabetes. 

New Resource on the Impact of Unhealthy Weight on U.S. Adolescents with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

A new study published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal focuses on focuses on unhealthy weight among adolescents with developmental disabilities. Researchers found that obesity high among adolescents with learning and behavioral developmental disabilities and highest among children with autism compared to adolescents without these conditions.

Currently, there are no specific recommendations for preventing obesity among children or adolescents with developmental disabilities. Obesity prevention and management approaches for this at-risk group need further consideration.

Read a summary of the key findings here and the study’s abstract here

In the Spotlight
New Poll Reveals Californians Support
Sugary Drink Warning Labels

soda A recent survey found that three out of four California voters (74%) support requiring beverage companies to post health-warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks. 

Such a warning label was proposed by California State Senator Bill Monning as part of SB 1000, the Sugar Sweetened Beverages Warning Label Act, which requires safety warning labels on sugary drinks sold in California - the first bill of its kind in the nation. 

Local health departments, if you are interested in taking similar action to limit sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, take a look at ChangeLab's Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Playbook for 10 strategies to address this issue and will create environments that promote health.

Sodium Reduction Resources

Take a look at these new resources underscoring the importance of sodium reduction:

IOM Releases New Report
Sustainable Diets: Food for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet - Workshop Summary

coverSustainable Diets is the summary of a workshop convened by The Institute of Medicine's Food Forum and Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine in May 2013 to engender dialogue between experts in nutrition and experts in agriculture and natural resource sustainability and to explore current and emerging knowledge on the food and nutrition policy implications of the increasing environmental constraints on the food system. This report explores the role of the food price environment and how environmental sustainability can be incorporated into dietary guidance and considers research priorities, policy implications, and drivers of consumer behaviors that will enable sustainable food choices.

Nutrition Education Videos Launched to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Center for Nutrition has produced videos designed to instruct early care and education (ECE) providers and parents to teach children about nutrition during meals. The videos follow standards found in Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs, Second Edition.

The development of these videos involved convening a local, multi-disciplinary group of five experts in nutrition education, called the Omaha Nutrition Education Collaborative (ONEC). This group includes a pediatrician, an early education researcher, an early care director, a public health practitioner and a registered dietician.

Access the videos here.


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