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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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