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High Obesity Program

Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas to Boost Prevention

  • 11 awards
  • $9.6 million

These projects fund land grant colleges and universities in states with counties that have more than 40% prevalence of adult obesity. Residents of these communities may have less access to healthy foods and fewer opportunities to be physically active. The universities conduct intervention strategies through existing cooperative extension and outreach services at the county level, in targeted counties, to improve physical activity and nutrition, reduce obesity, and prevent and control diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Infographic: Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas [PDF-4.56MB]

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List of High Obesity awardees by state, includes grantee profiles, fiscal year 2016 funding amounts, principal investigator names and email addresses.
State Awardee Grantee Profiles FY2017 Funding Amount Principal Investigator Email Address
Alabama Auburn University [PDF-683KB] $1,329,767 Barb Struempler
Arkansas University of Arkansas, Fayetteville [PDF-753KB] $880,928 Lisa Washburn
Georgia University of Georgia [PDF-2.48MB] $615,543 Marsha Davis
Indiana Purdue University [PDF-2.55MB] $573,672 Timothy Gavin
Kentucky University of Kentucky [PDF-628KB] $786,256 Ann Vail
Louisiana Louisiana State University [PDF-749KB] $1,013,567 Denise Holston
North Carolina North Carolina State University [PDF-2.69MB]  $773,677 Anne Hardison-Moody
South Dakota South Dakota State University [PDF-897KB] $1,072,400 Suzanne Stluka
Tennessee University of Tennessee [PDF-655KB] $1,048,000 Laura Stephenson
Texas Texas A&M University [PDF-1.1MB] $1,005,477 Carol Rice
West Virginia West Virginia University [PDF-689KB] $506,830 Cindy Fitch

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