What CDC Is Doing

Building Activity-Friendly Communities

We partner with national groups, states, and communities to advance the following priorities:

Active People, Healthy Nation

Active People, Healthy NationSM

  • Active People, Healthy NationSM is a national initiative led by CDC to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027. Increased physical activity can improve health, quality of life, and reduce health care costs. To reach this goal, states and communities can implement evidence-based strategies to increase physical activity across sectors and settings.

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High Obesity Program (HOP)

  • We fund 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.

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Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Program

  • We fund recipients to plan and carry out local, culturally-appropriate programs to address a wide range of health issues among African Americans, American Indians, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders. One focus of the program is assuring opportunities for physical activity are attainable for all people.

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State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) Program

  • We fund state recipients to implement evidence-based strategies at state and local levels to improve nutrition and physical activity.

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Early Childcare and Educational (ECE) Obesity Prevention Program

  • We partner with states to: 1) make state-wide improvements in their ECE system by incorporating obesity prevention standards and practices; and 2) support a targeted group of ECE providers to make facility-wide improvements using a learning collaborative intervention. These activities help providers support breastfeeding, healthy eating, and physical activity for children in their facilities.