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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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Workplace Health Promotion Use this site to learn about how to design, implement, and evaluate effective workplace health programs.

Obesity Prevalence Maps Adult obesity prevalence by state and territory using self-reported information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) shows that obesity prevalence remains high in the United States.

How Infant Feeding Practices Affect Children at Age Six: A follow up to the Infant Feeding Practices Study II
Evidence is expanding rapidly on the long-term health effects of infant diet and nutrition. In a recent special issue of Pediatrics, CDC and FDA researchers provide more context for the relationship between early infant feeding and subsequent health and behavioral outcomes. The studies included in this issue present new data from a follow-up study of children at 6 years of age who previously participated in the Infant Feeding Practices Study II (IFPS-II), which followed infants almost monthly from the third trimester of pregnancy to the age of 12 months.

CDC Vital Signs: Progress on children eating more fruit, but not more vegetables [PDF-16.9Mb]
US children ages 2-18 are eating more whole fruit, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The amount of whole fruit consumed each day increased by 67 percent from 2003 to 2010 but is still low. Vegetable intake was also low and remained unchanged during the same time period. Child care and schools can help children meet daily recommendations.

2014 Breastfeeding Report Card [PDF-1.25 Mb] provides state-by-state data to help public health practitioners, health professionals, community members, child care providers, and family members 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.


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