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Profile of High Obesity Areas in: North Carolina
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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. 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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