High Obesity Program (HOP), 2018 – 2023

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In 2018, CDC funded 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 announcement and review Frequently Asked Questions about the notice of funding opportunity.

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

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High Obesity Program Recipients (FY2022)

Download the FY2018 Recipient [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 2022 funding amounts.
State Recipient Counties Working In FY2022 Funding Amount Profiles
Alabama Auburn University* (Auburn) Escambia, Monroe, Barbour, Bullock, Conecuh, Macon, Dallas, Greene, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry, Sumter, Wilcox $1,189,400 Profile
Arkansas University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service* (Little Rock) Chicot, Lee, Mississippi, Phillips, St. Francis $589,687 Profile
Georgia University of Georgia* (Athens) Calhoun, Clay, Dooly, Stewart, Taliaferro $1,003,177 Profile
Kentucky University of Kentucky* (Lexington) Martin $597,400 Profile
Louisiana Louisiana State University* (Baton Rouge) Claiborne, Madison, Tensas, East Carroll, Morehouse, St. Helena, Assumption $1,131,222 Profile
Mississippi Mississippi State University* Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Sharkey, Sunflower, Washington  $1,187,575 Profile
North Dakota North Dakota State University (Fargo) Sioux, Rolette $558,750 Profile
Oklahoma Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Adair, Muskogee $409,130 Profile
South Carolina Clemson University* (Clemson) Lee, Hampton, Marion $933,818 Profile
South Dakota South Dakota State University (Brookings) Buffalo, Ziebach $440,057 Profile
Tennessee The University of Tennessee (Knoxville)* Hardeman $585,212 Profile
Texas Texas A&M (College Station) Hudspeth, Maverick, Starr, Webb $1,006,426 Profile
Virginia Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University* (Blacksburg) Petersburg $597,400 Profile
West Virginia West Virginia University* (Morgantown) Clay, McDowell $648,308 Profile
Wisconsin University of Wisconsin* (Madison) Menominee $538,596 Profile

* Received fiscal year 2022 supplemental funding to support the planning, partnerships, and implementation of effective family health weight programs. Average award amount was $97,220.

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