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Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity

Have You Heard? Facts From The Field  is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to provide CDC and the field with facts and news from state, tribal, local and territorial public health agencies. We invite you to read and share this information broadly.

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October 18, 2016

  • Across the United States, fish are affected by pollutants in the bodies of water where they live; Michigan’s Eat Safe Fish resource provides information about how to make safer choices when choosing, cleaning, and cooking fish from the state’s 11,000 lakes, streams, and rivers.
  • The Lower Sioux Indian Community and the American Indian Cancer Foundation have developed a sustainable food system policy that encourages growing indigenous foods in community gardens.

May 7, 2015

October 27, 2014

  • The Illinois Public Health Institute has released 5 tip sheets from their Controlling Junk Food and the Bottom Line report, showcasing how 8 school districts across the country eliminated junk food in their cafeterias without losing money.
  • You can attend the Institute’s webinar on Friday, November 14, and learn about the strategies used to improve the schools’ nutrition standards without negative financial impact.

July 17, 2014

  • More than 2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese, yet less than 1/4 of doctors feel they received adequate training in counseling patients on diet or physical activity, according to a new white paper.
  • Are America’s physicians prepared to combat our nation’s obesity epidemic? The Bipartisan Policy Center, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and the American College of Sports Medicine answer this important question [PDF – 979KB].

May 12, 2014

June 13, 2013

  • Georgia SHAPE, a network of collaborative partnerships from business, government, education, philanthropy, and health care, is encouraging 30 minutes of additional physical activity in all Georgia elementary schools.
  • Public health officials and healthcare providers can contribute success stories to a new multi-organizational effort highlighting successful examples of primary care and public health integration.

February 15, 2012

August 24, 2011

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