|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 on healthy weight
|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 on nutrition|
|Regular physical activity reduces the risk for many diseases, helps control weight, and strengthens muscles, bones, and joints. more on physical activity|
|Increases in obesity — among both adults and children — have prompted concern about the implications for Americans' health. 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.
For Health Professionals
|• Healthy Weight
• BMI - Body Mass Index
• Physical Activity
• Fruits and Veggies Matter
Prevention Status Reports
The Prevention Status Reports highlight the status of public health policies and practices designed to prevent or reduce important public health problems. Individual reports are available for all 50 states and the District of Columbia on 10 key health topics, including Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity.
People with Disabilities: Healthy Weight Issue Briefs
Disability and obesity are complex public health challenges, but ones that offer major dividends to our country if effective strategies are successfully applied. The issue briefs listed here describe considerations that people and organizations can do to help combat obesity among people with disabilities and assist them in achieving healthy weight and an improved quality of life.
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.
Latest State Data Show Rates of Obesity Remain High
In 2012, there were 13 states with an obesity prevalence of 30% or more.
Breastfeeding Report Card
The CDC Breastfeeding Report Card provides state-by-state data so that health professionals, employers, business owners, community members and family members can work together to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. The Report Card indicators measure types of support in key community settings as well as the most current data on the breastfeeding goals outlined in Healthy People 2020.
The State Indicator Report on Fruits & Vegetables, 2013 [PDF- 1.23Mb] provides national and state-level information on how many fruits and vegetables people are eating, and highlights key areas within communities and schools that can be improved to increase fruit and vegetable access, availability, and affordability.
The National Action Guide [PDF-160k] summarizes the national data on fruit and vegetable consumption and policy and environmental supports. It also provides potential actions that government and business leaders, coalitions, community-based organizations, and professionals can take to support Americans' eating more fruits and vegetables, along with resources for taking action.
Add this widget to your Web site to calculate BMI. This calculator provides BMI and the corresponding weight category. Use this calculator for adults, aged 20 years old and older.
Get the code on the CDC Widgets Page.