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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