Strategies and Solutions for My Community
Obesity is common, serious, and costly. Help take action in your community to combat the obesity epidemic by learning what early childhood education programs, hospitals, neighborhoods, schools, and worksites can do to help make the healthy choice the easy choice.
Child Care and Early Education Programs can:
- Join the Let’s Move! Child Care initiative to help the children in your care. Sign up and take the Checklist Quiz to see how well you are doing in terms of meeting best practices for obesity prevention. Access free tools and resources including menu planning tools and activity ideas.
- Learn about the ‘Spectrum of Opportunity’ that states and communities can pursue to help support child care and early education providers in their jurisdictions provide optimal care to the children they serve with respect to nutrition, breastfeeding, physical activity, and screen time.
See Spectrum of Opportunities for Obesity Prevention in the Early Care and Education Setting Technical Assistance Briefing Document [PDF-174Kb]
- Learn how well each state’s licensing regulations meet national guidelines for obesity prevention.
See Achieving a State of Healthy Weight: 2011 Update [PDF-3Mb]
- Use CDC's Breastfeeding Report Card to better protect, promote and support breastfeeding mothers.
- Participate in the Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey and use their results to improve maternity care practices.
- Partner with Baby-Friendly™ hospitals to learn how to improve maternity care and achieve the Baby-Friendly designation.
- Learn what other hospitals are doing to promote maternity care practices related to breastfeeding.See CDC's DNPAO State Program Highlights: Maternity Care Practices [PDF - 134 Kb]
- Improve their environments to better support the health of their employees and embody the mission of their organization.
- Assess their retail food environment to better understand the current landscape and differences in accessibility to healthier foods.
- Learn which states have policies that create access to places for physical activity in the CDC State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2010.See State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2010 [PDF - 1.48 Mb]
- Learn more about "complete streets" and how Michigan neighbors are working with coalitions and public health programs to complete their street.See Taking It to the (Complete) Streets: Michigan's Road to Fight Obesity [PDF - 654 Kb]
- Encourage children to drink water in place of sugar-sweetened beverages and ensure access to free drinking water as an alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages before, during, and after school.
- Apply for a salad bar today to help students eat more fruits and vegetables.
- Ensure that the available food and beverage options are healthy and help youth eat food that meets dietary recommendations for fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nonfat or low-fat dairy products.
- Limit foods and drinks with added sugar, fat and salt that can be purchased outside the school lunch program.See Recommended Nutrition Standards for Foods Outside of School Meal Programs [PDF - 1.47 Mb]
- Use CDC's School Health Index (SHI), a self-assessment and planning tool, to improve their health and safety policies and programs.
- Create a Local School Wellness Policy to promote student health and reduce childhood obesity.
- Increase the amount of time that students are being moderately to vigorously physically active during physical education classes.See Strategies to Improve the Quality of Physical Education [PDF - 598 Kb]
- Find information, resources, and step-by-step toolkits to help improve the health of your employees.
- Use the Worksite Walkability Audit Tool to learn how safe or attractive the walking routes are in your workplace.
- Make healthier food available in cafeterias, vending, snack bars and other concessions.
- Design effective worksite obesity prevention and control programs.
- Support breastfeeding in the workplace.