What CDC Is Doing

CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) provides tools and resources to our national, state, and local partners to make healthy living easier for all people. We focus on increasing breastfeeding support; promoting the availability of healthy, affordable foods; and creating safe, easy places where people can be physically active. We educate the public about the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight and monitor key data on how we are doing as a nation.

Partnering For a Healthier America

DNPAO partners with national, state, and local groups to advance the following programs and priorities:

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  • Early Childcare and Educational (ECE)
    We partner with states to incorporate obesity prevention standards and practices in their ECE systems. We also support a selected group of ECE providers to make facility-wide improvements using a learning collaborative. These activities support breastfeeding, healthy eating, and physical activity.

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  • Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (CORD)
    We focus on improving community-clinical collaborations to help prevent and manage childhood obesity in families with low incomes. We test a model that increases obesity screening and counseling services for eligible children in selected communities and refers them to local pediatric weight management programs.

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  • Clinical and Community Data Initiative (CODI)
    We work with the Task Force for Global Health to understand how well child obesity prevention and treatment strategies work by linking researchers, program analysts, and specialists.

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  • High Obesity Program (HOP)
    We fund 15 land grant universities in states with county obesity rates greater than 40%. Grantees work with local cooperative extensions to help increase the availability of healthy foods and safe, convenient places to be active.

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  • Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)
    We fund and support local groups in developing culturally-tailored community programs to assure good nutrition and physical activity are attainable for all people. The program empowers community organizations to identify their unique needs, assets, and opportunities to reduce chronic diseases and risk behaviors.

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  • State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN)
    We fund and support state health departments in using evidence-based approaches to help people achieve good health. Together, we explore and implement strategies to increase access to healthy foods and promote safe places to be physically active.
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