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Profile of High Obesity Areas in: North Carolina
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  • Description:
    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.

    North Carolina (NC) State University is working

    with communities in Edgecombe, Halifax, Lee, and

    Northampton counties to integrate NC State Extension

    programs with county-based efforts to promote

    healthy eating and physical activity in several sectors

    that include faith communities, parks, schools, and

    out-of-school settings. Activities include increasing

    access to healthy and local foods, implementing

    healthy eating standards in retail food establishments,

    supporting healthy eating and physical activity

    standards with out-of-school time programs,

    connecting neighborhoods to parks, playgrounds,

    trails and nature areas for children and families, and

    implementing shared use agreements and Active

    Routes to School programs.

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