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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