Seven Strategies of Obesity Prevention
Early Childhood (National Partners: CDC/SECA, WIC/SNAP, Ag Extension)
Early child care facility staff should be trained and certified in healthy nutrition and physical activity guidelines.
Food Systems/Access (National Partners: The Food Trust, Voices for Healthy Kids, Share Our Strength)
Two part strategy: 1) Increase the number of healthy food outlets in underserved communities by securing funding for healthy food financing initiatives and 2) Support efforts to incentivize low-income consumers to purchase healthier foods via “Food Bucks”-type strategies.
Healthcare and Healthcare Systems (National Partners: Alliance for a Healthier Generation, American Hospital Association, Healthways)
Healthcare system will recognize obesity as a chronic medical diagnosis with a need to focus on both prevention and treatment.
Nutrition Policy (National Partners: Center for Science in the Public Interest, CDC, National Automated Merchandising Association)
Ensure that food being served, sold or provided by and for the state meets nutrition guidelines.
Physical Activity (National Partners: America Walks, National League of Cities, Safe Routes to School, President’s Council on Physical Fitness)
Support the implementation of 60 minutes per day of physical activity
Worksite Wellness (National Partners: American Cancer Gold, Prevention Partners, CDC)
Encourage individual organizations across sectors to implement written worksite wellness policies.
Schools (National Partners: Action for Healthy Kids, ACSD, SPARK, CATCH, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, NC Health and Wellness Center)
Embrace Coordinated School Health (CSH) as a philosophy, not a program