Online Program

Engaging states and communities in supporting opportunities to address obesity: A view from CDC and partners

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 10:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

Barbara Polhamus, PhD, MPH, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Obesity continues to be a major epidemic in the United States affecting 1 in 3 of adults and 1 in 6 children aged 2-19 years old. Obese children are at risk for acute health conditions and are more likely to become obese adults with an increased risk for chronic diseases and premature death. The health care costs associated with adult obesity are about $150 billion. The purpose of this panel is to highlight initiatives supported by CDC and its partners in addressing obesity prevention through programs, practices and applied research at the national, state and community levels. Examples of multi-level and multi-component approaches focusing on creating healthy eating and physical activity opportunities for all Americans and the leveraging of partnerships will illustrate key components for successful implementation of population-based obesity prevention strategies. CDC's collaborations with partner organizations provide a unique opportunity to deploy an evidence-informed and more coordinated national approach. Practice-based evidence and evaluations of transferable approaches of state-level and state-wide obesity strategies will be described with an intentional focus on sharing lessons learned and research findings to improve healthy habits and health equity.

Learning Areas:

Program planning
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe multi-component, multi-level approaches to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity environmental changes in numerous populations. Discuss lessons learned from community, state, and national initiatives addressing obesity through nutrition and physical activity strategies. Name resources and partnerships that support national obesity prevention efforts.

Keyword(s): Obesity, Wellness

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to moderate this panel as I have worked at CDC for over a decade in the area of obesity prevention and nutrition and physical activity related strategies.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.