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What CDC Is Doing

Building Activity-Friendly Communities

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

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High Obesity County Program

  • We fund land grant universities in 11 states with county obesity rates greater than 40%. Residents of these communities tend to have fewer opportunities to be physically active. To address this, many of the grantees work with local cooperative extensions to help increase the availability of safe, convenient places where people can be active in their communities.

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Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Program

  • We fund and support local groups in developing culturally-tailored community programs to reduce chronic diseases and risk behaviors. One focus of the program is assuring opportunities for physical activity are attainable for all people.

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State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity, and Associated Risk Factor and School Health

  • We fund and support state health departments in using evidence-based approaches to help people achieve good health. Exploring and implementing strategies to promote safe places to be physically active is one strategy grantees work on.

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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.