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Profile of High Obesity Areas in: Indiana
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    Obesity is a major health problem on a national level, but

    certain areas in the United States experience a much higher

    burden of the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and

    Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and

    Obesity (DNPAO) piloted the High Obesity Program in 2014

    to address the high burden of obesity in select areas using

    environmental approaches and to help reduce adverse health

    outcomes such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and

    some cancers.

    The High Obesity Program funds land grant

    universities in states with some of the highest obesity

    areas of the country, specifically, those with counties

    where more than 40% of the adult population has

    obesity. 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.

    Purdue University is working with extension staff

    in Jackson and Lawrence Counties. Both counties are

    located in the southern part of the state. Activities include

    working on wellness policies in schools and healthy

    concession stands in Jackson County. In Lawrence

    County, community gardens are being developed as

    sources for both fresh fruits and vegetables and for

    educational purposes. There are plans to increase

    opportunities for physical activity by using existing

    spaces, such as fairgrounds, the Muscatatuck National

    Wildlife Refuge in Jackson County, and private property

    in both counties as areas for recreation and exercise by

    connecting them to existing trails.

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