High Obesity Program (HOP)

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CDC funds 15 land grant universities to work with community extension services to increase access to healthier foods and safe and accessible places for physical activity in counties that have more than 40% of adults with obesity.

View information about the current High Obesity Program (HOP) recipients and learn more about the past HOP efforts. View the original HOP funding opportunity announcementexternal icon and review Frequently Asked Questions about the notice of funding opportunity.

Learn more about the HOP program in Preventing Chronic Disease (see summary pdf icon[PDF–600KB] for more details).

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These stories focus on recipient efforts to implement strategies that encourage healthy eating, increased physical activity, and breastfeeding.

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High Obesity Program Recipients (FY2021)

Download the FY2018 Recipient pdf icon[PDF-243KB] HOP map to learn more about chronic disease prevention investments.

List of High Obesity Program recipients by state, includes counties and fiscal year 2021 funding amounts.
State Recipient Counties Working In FY2021 Funding Amount* Profiles
Alabama Auburn University (Auburn) Escambia, Monroe, Barbour, Bullock, Conecuh, Macon, Dallas, Greene, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry, Sumter, Wilcox $1,092,000 Profile
Arkansas University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (Little Rock) Chicot, Lee, Mississippi, Phillips, St. Francis $657,378 Profile
Georgia University of Georgia (Athens) Calhoun, Clay, Dooly, Stewart, Taliaferro $905,777 Profile
Kentucky University of Kentucky (Lexington) Martin $500,000 Profile
Louisiana Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Claiborne, Madison, Tensas, East Carroll, Morehouse, St. Helena, Assumption $1,033,822 Profile
Mississippi Mississippi State University Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Sharkey, Sunflower, Washington  $1,091,568 Profile
North Dakota North Dakota State University (Fargo) Sioux, Rolette $568,750 Profile
Oklahoma Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Adair, Muskogee $464,730 Profile
South Carolina Clemson University (Clemson) Lee, Hampton, Marion $836,418 Profile
South Dakota South Dakota State University (Brookings) Buffalo, Ziebach $500,057 Profile
Tennessee The University of Tennessee (Knoxville) Hardeman $500,335 Profile
Texas Texas A&M (College Station) Hudspeth, Maverick, Starr, Webb $1,036,246 Profile
Virginia Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg) Petersburg $500,000 Profile
West Virginia West Virginia University (Morgantown) Clay, McDowell $551,249 Profile
Wisconsin University of Wisconsin (Madison) Menominee $524,163 Profile

* 14 out of 15 awards include supplemental funding for Farm to School activities

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