Profile of High Obesity Areas in: Georgia
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      Obesity is a major health problem on a national level, but it is particularly persistent in certain areas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas to Boost Prevention cooperative agreement is focusing on these places. CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) expanded the original 2014 pilot Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas cooperative agreement to combat the obesity problem using environmental approaches and to help reduce adverse health outcomes such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and some cancers in additional places. The High Obesity Program funds land grant universities in states with some of the highest obesity areas of the country, specifically, states with counties where more than 40% of the adult population is obese. Grantees collaborate with existing cooperative extension and outreach services at the county level in their states to develop obesity solutions. Grantees put into action a set of evidence-based strategies in the community setting. The University of Georgia (UGA) is working with county leaders and local, district and state UGA Extension offices; local community organizations; and local, district and state public health departments to improve nutrition and increase physical activity through the county programs Healthier Together Calhoun and Healthier Together Taliaferro. Both counties are working with their local UGA Extension offices to establish community gardens that will help supply food pantries. Taliaferro County is providing nutrition and healthy living classes at county school buildings for day camps in partnership with Touching Taliaferro with Love, Inc., a group that sponsors summer programs for students. They are also promoting activities such as bike rodeos at Stevens State Park and exercise sessions for seniors at the senior citizens center.
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