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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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Mall Walking Guide coverMall Walking: A Program Resource Guide [PDF-5.2MB]
The Mall Walking Guide provides information about the health benefits of walking, explains why mall walking programs can help people walk more, and provides practical strategies for starting and maintaining walking programs.


U.S. mapData, Trends and Maps
The Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity’s Data, Trends and Maps is an interactive tool that provides state-specific data about obesity, nutrition, physical activity and breastfeeding. You can view statistics in a variety of formats, including maps, tables and trend lines. Explore Data, Trends and Maps.

State and Local ProgramsState and Local Programs
This site provides resources for State Public Health Actions and High Obesity grantees (and other interested practitioners) to help advance strategies related to physical activity and nutrition issues.

Inadequate Physical Activity and Health Care Expenditures in the United States [PDF-481KB]
Despite the known health benefits of being physically active, only about half of U.S. adults meet the minimal guideline for aerobic physical activity. A recent study in the journal of Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases shows that physically active adults have lower annual health care expenditures than adults participating in inadequate levels of physical activity. The study estimated that 11.1% of total health care expenditures were associated with inadequate levels of physical activity.



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