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See DNPAO’s recent press releases and media statements, as well as Grand Rounds and Vital Signs.







2016 Newsroom 
Date Title
Friday, November 24, 2017 — Press Release Only 1 in 10 Adults Get Enough Fruits or Vegetables
Fastest rise seen among racial/ethnic minority groups.
Thursday, August 31, 2017 — Media Advisory New CDC Data Shows US Adults Still Struggling with Obesity


2016 Newsroom 
Date Title
November 17, 2016 — Press Release CDC Reports Improvement in Childhood Obesity among Young Children Enrolled in WIC
34 states report modest decreases
September 20, 2016 — Press Release More than 1 in 4 US adults over 50 do not engage in regular physical activity
Inactivity puts 31 million at risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer
August 22, 2016 — Press Release Breastfeeding Rates Continue To Rise
Moms need ongoing community support to breastfeed as recommended


2015 Newsroom 
Date Title
October 6, 2015 — Press Release Vital Signs: Breastfeeding Support Improves in Many U.S. Hospitals
Hospital support for breastfeeding has improved since 2007
September 21, 2015 — Media Advisory New CDC state obesity maps now available
The latest CDC maps detailing the prevalence of obesity for all U.S. states based on 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data is now available.


2014 Newsroom 
Date Title
September 09, 2014 — Press Release CDC report finds sodium consumption high among U.S. children
More than 40 percent of sodium comes from 10 common types of food
September 04, 2014 — Media Advisory New CDC state obesity map now available
The latest CDC map detailing the prevalence of obesity for all U.S. states based on 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data is now available.
August 5, 2014 — Press Release Vital Signs: Children eating more fruit, but fruit and vegetable intake still too low Childcare and schools can help children meet daily recommendations
July 31, 2014 — Media Advisory The 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card is now available.
The report provides state and national data on breastfeeding rates as well as on supports for breastfeeding.
July 15, 2014 — Media Advisory New state physical activity indicator report now available online
The report includes physical activity behavior, environment and policy information for each state.
February 25, 2014 — Press Release New CDC data show encouraging development in obesity rates among 2 to 5 year olds
Though overall obesity rates remain unchanged, rates in young children improve


2013 Newsroom 
Date Title
August 6, 2013 — Press Release Vital Signs: Obesity among low-income preschoolers declines in many states
Nineteen states and territories report decreases in obesity among this group
Press briefing transcript
July 31, 2013 — Press Release U.S. breastfeeding rates continue to rise
Keeping moms and babies together during the hospital stay is important to progress
May 2, 2013 — Press Release One in five adults meet overall physical activity guidelines
About 20 percent of U.S. adults are meeting both the aerobic and muscle strengthening components of the federal government’s physical activity recommendations.
February 7, 2013 — Press Release More Mothers are Breastfeeding
African American mothers need more support


2012 Newsroom 
Date Title
August 10, 2012 — Press Release 2011 State Obesity Map Now Available
(Media Advisory) 2011 CDC map detailing adult obesity prevalence for all U.S. states based on Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data.
August 7, 2012 — Press Release Vital Signs: Six in 10 adults now get physically active by walking
Less than half get enough physical activity to improve their health

May 9, 2012 Press ReleaseCDC recognizes obesity prevention and control initiatives with Pioneering Innovation awards Six organizations and one person are recipients of the Pioneering Innovation Award for their work in advancing policies and environmental strategies to prevent and control obesity.April 25, 2012 Press ReleaseCDC to Host Second Weight of the Nation Conference to Address Obesity (Media Advisory) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host its second Weight of the Nation conference.



2011 Newsroom 
Date Title
September 29, 2011 — Press Release CDC takes new steps to combat childhood obesity
Research project will focus on doctors, communities and families to help children make healthy choices.
April 26, 2011 — Press Release CDC Report Highlights Lack of Healthy Food Environments for Children
More support needed in communities, child care facilities and schools.
January 20, 2011 — Press Release Everyone Can Help Make Breastfeeding Easier, Surgeon General Says in “Call to Action”


2010 Newsroom 
Date Title
September 14, 2010 — Press Release Three out of Four New Moms Initiate Breastfeeding
However only 43 percent of babies still being breastfed at 6 months of age.
August 3, 2010 — Press Release More U.S. Adults Report Being Obese
June 24, 2010 — Press Release CDC Survey Finds Nine in 10 U.S. Adults Consume Too Much Sodium
May 25, 2010 — Press Release CDC Report Highlights States’ Abilities to Support Physical Activity


2009 Newsroom 
Date Title
November 19, 2009 — Press Release Highest Rates of Obesity, Diabetes in the South, Appalachia, and Some Tribal Lands
October 1, 2009 — Press Release Obese and Overweight Women Have a Higher Risk of Giving Birth to Baby with Heart Defects
September 29, 2009 — Press Release Majority of Americans not Meeting Recommendations for Fruit and Vegetable Consumption – CDC Issues First State by State Report
July 29, 2009 — Press Release CDC Recognizes Innovative Obesity Prevention and Control Initiatives with Weight of the Nation Awards
July 23, 2009 — Press Release Obesity Among Low-Income Preschool Aged Children Appears to be Slowing
July 16, 2009 — Press Release New Obesity Data Shows Blacks Have the Highest Rates of Obesity
July 8, 2009 — Press Release Obesity Among U.S. Adults Continues to Rise
June 25, 2009 — Press Release CDC Introduces New Website to Help Employers Combat Obesity and Reduce Health-Related Costs
Additional Materials
Additional Material
Date Title
June 18, 2019 — Grand Rounds Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Nutrition — The Thousand Day Window of Opportunity
August 21, 2018 — Grand Rounds Preventing Childhood Obesity – Eating Better, Moving More
October 3, 2017 — Vital Signs Cancer and Obesity
September 20, 2016 — Vital Signs Press Release Adults 50+ Need More Activity
October 6, 2015 — Vital Signs Digital Press Kit Breastfeeding Support Improves in Many U.S. Hospitals
August 5, 2014 — Vital Signs Digital Press Kit Fruit and Vegetable Intake Among Children
May 6, 2014 — Vital Signs Digital Press Kit Inactivity Related to Chronic Disease in Adults with Disabilities
August 6, 2013 — Vital Signs Digital Press Kit Progress on Childhood Obesity
June 17, 2010 — Grand Rounds The Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Threats and Opportunities
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