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Nutrition and Physical Activity Program to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases: Early Measures of Success in States

Citation

Williams-Piehota, P. A., Roussel, A. E., & Hersey, J. C. (2005, December). Nutrition and Physical Activity Program to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases: Early Measures of Success in States. Presented at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Abstract

Given the epidemic rate with which obesity has risen in the United States, one of the nation's public health priorities is to reduce the prevalence of obesity. The CDC's Nutrition and Physical Activity Program to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases was established to prevent and control obesity by supporting states in the development and implementation of evidence-based nutrition and physical activity interventions. This paper overviews the initial progress of states funded by the program. Because the landscape of evidence-based nutrition and physical activity interventions is changing rapidly, we focus on early measures of success that necessarily precede the implementation of interventions. We will review states' substantial progress in developing capacity and infrastructure for their programs, notably leveraging substantial financial resources and developing strong partnerships. In addition, states have made advances in planning and implementing activities to prevent and control obesity. We will highlight the environmental changes that states are implementing through policies and legislative acts. To describe the evidence-based nutrition and physical activity interventions they are conducting, we will feature examples from selected state programs, including the short-term and immediate outcomes they are monitoring. Finally, we will close with a discussion of the longer term goals of the program.