What CDC Is Doing
Building Activity-Friendly Communities
We partner with national groups, states, and communities to advance the following priorities:
- 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.
- We work with national partners to advance evidence-based actions outlined in the National Physical Activity Plan and Step it Up! The Surgeon Generals’ Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. [PDF-1.3MB]
- 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.
- 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.
- We fund state recipients to implement evidence-based strategies at state and local levels to improve nutrition and physical activity.
- 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.