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Recommended community strategies and measurements to prevent obesity in the United States; implementation and measurement guide
  • Published Date:
    July 24, 2009
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    National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (U.S.). Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. ; CDC Foundation ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ; ... More ▼
  • Description:
    Introduction -- Category 1: Strategies to promote the availability of affordable healthy food and beverages -- Category 2: Strategies to support healthy food and beverage choices -- Category 3: Strategy to encourage breastfeeding -- Category 4: Strategies to encourage physical activity or limit sedentary activity among children and youth -- Category 5 : Strategies to create safe communities that support physical activity -- Category 6: Strategy to encourage communities to organize for change -- References -- Appendix A : Project work groups -- Appendix B: Terms used in this manual -- Appendix C: Useful contacts for data collection

    "Local policies and the physical environment influence daily choices that affect our health--and our weight. For example, children who live in unsafe neighborhoods may be restricted to watching television indoors instead of playing outside after school. Families living in neighborhoods that are zoned exclusively for residential use must drive to work and school because it is too far to walk. Communities that lack full-service grocery stores and neighborhood food markets have less access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Moreover, policies that establish physical activity requirements and nutrition standards in schools and daycare facilities can promote the health and well-being of children. These are just a few examples of how policies and the environment can affect what we eat and how we move, which in turn affects our health. To reverse the obesity epidemic, we must change our physical and food environments to provide more opportunities for people to eat healthy foods and to be physically active on a daily basis. Accordingly, this manual describes 24 recommended strategies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to encourage and support healthy eating and active living. In addition, a single measure is provided for each strategy to help communities track their progress over time." - p. 1

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