Reducing Chronic Disease Through Physical Activity and Nutrition
Five Action Steps
Poor nutrition and inadequate physical activity are significant risk factors for obesity and other chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, and depression.
Five actions steps states and communities can take to reduce these risks for people they serve are listed below. Ways to get started and links to resources are also provided.
- Guide state and community facilities where food is offered and sold to use nutrition standards for food procurement. This will help ensure healthier food options are available.
- Help hospitals use evidence-based maternity care practices to support new mothers to start breastfeeding.
- See 10 Steps for Successful Breastfeedingexternal icon designed for facilities that provide maternity and newborn services.