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Healthy Weight
 Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn't just about a "diet" or "program". It is part of an ongoing lifestyle that you can adopt now and stay with for years to come. more more on healthy weight
Eat Right
Proper nutrition is critical to good health. But identifying which foods you need for a healthy diet can be challenging. These resources can help you get started. more more on nutrition
get active
Regular physical activity reduces the risk for many diseases, helps control weight, and strengthens muscles, bones, and joints. more more on physical activity
Overweight & Obesity
Increases in obesity — among both adults and children — have prompted concern about the implications for Americans' health. more more on overweight and obesity

CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) utilizes a public health approach to address the role of nutrition and physical activity in improving the public's health and preventing and controlling chronic diseases. The scope of DNPAO activities includes leadership, policy and guidelines development, surveillance, epidemiological and behavioral research, intervention development, technical assistance to states and communities, training and education, communication, and partnership development.


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The State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2014 [PDF-2.8Mb] presents information on physical activity behaviors and policies that encourage and support physical activity in states. Individual State Action Guides summarize each state’s data and provide suggested actions that state health departments can take to encourage and increase physical activity in their states.

Funding Opportunity Announcement: Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas (FOA) CDC-RFA-DP14-1416
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announces the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funds to implement DP14-1416--Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas. Approximately $4.7 million per year is available to fund up to 6 Land Grant Colleges and Universities located in states with counties with an adult obesity prevalence of over 40%, based on estimates from the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data.

Adults with Disabilities: CDC Vital Signs
Being physically active is one of the most important steps Americans of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities can take to improve their health. A new CDC Vital Signs™ report shows that adults with disabilities who get no physical activity are 50% more likely to have diabetes, stroke, heart disease, or cancer than those who get the recommended amount of physical activity.

Progress on Childhood Obesity CDC Vital Signs Report
Many states show declines, but there is more work to be done to continue the downward trend.

Addressing Obesity Disparities Website
CDC’s Addressing Obesity Disparities website is designed to help you understand and apply the contents of the Health Equity Resource Toolkit for State Practitioners Addressing Obesity Disparities.


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