State and Local Strategies

The obesity epidemic has no single or simple solution. It’s a complex problem that requires a multifaceted approach. Policy makers; state and local organizations; business, school and community leaders; childcare and healthcare professionals; and individuals must work together to create an environment that supports healthy lifestyles.

State and Local Programs

Resources are available to help disseminate consistent public health recommendations and evidence-based practices for state, local, territorial and tribal public health organizations, grantees, and practitioners.

Community Efforts

To reverse the obesity epidemic, community efforts should focus on supporting healthy eating and active living in a variety of settings. Learn about different efforts that can be used in early childhood care, hospitals, schools, and food service venues.

Individual Strategies

The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t short-term dietary changes; it’s about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity.

  • Assessing Your Weight
    Body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference as screening tools to estimate weight status and potential disease risk.
  • Healthy Weight
    Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight with healthy eating, physical activity, optimal sleep, and stress reduction.
  • MyPlate Plan
    Personalized plan suggesting what and how much to eat from each food group to meet your calorie needs.
  • Physical Activity Basics
    Benefits of physical activity and the recommended amounts of weekly physical activity for various groups.
  • Tips to Help Children Maintain a Healthy Weight
    How parents, guardians, and teachers can help children develop healthy eating habits and limiting calorie-rich temptations.
Related Information

Also see state and local strategies to improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and make breastfeeding easier to start and continue.

DNPAO Priority Strategies
  • Breastfeeding Continuity of Care
  • Community Design for Physical Activity
  • Early Care and Education Policies and Practices
  • Family Healthy Weight Programs
  • Food Service and Nutrition Guidelines
  • Fruit and Vegetable Voucher Incentives and/or Produce Prescriptions
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