Decrease Obesity

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One strategy to both prevent and reduce obesity, in youth and adults, is to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables





According to the CDC:
-Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
-Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors.  Obesity is defined as having excess body fat
-Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being.
Immediate health effects:
  • Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. 
  • Obese adolescents are more likely to have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes.
  • Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
  • Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults.
  • Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk for many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix, and prostate, as well as multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.








Clinical Strategies

  • Provide and expand standardized assessments for adults and children.
  • Identify those at higher risk for overweight, obesity and related diseases.
  • Implement patient interventions and treatment plans.
  • Improve patient/family engagement in treatment options and care plan.

Community Strategies

  • Improve community engagement in interventions.
  • Implement evidence-based programs and promising practices.

Policy Strategies

  • Implement policy and environmental changes that expand access to physical activity and healthy eating among adults, youth and children.
    • Employers
    • Schools
    • Built Environment
  • Align reimbursement policy to support prevention and intervention efforts.
  • Logic Model - Let's Go
  • Logic Model: Decrease Obesity

    Logic Model – A roadmap or diagram showing chain results connecting activities to the expected initial outputs, and intermediate and final outcomes.  It provides a basis for developing the performance measurement and evaluation strategies 

  • 2016 America's Health Rankings Report
  • America's Health Rankings

    America's Health Rankings compares the health of all 50 states to each other.  This ranking tool is used as a benchmark for MaineHealth's Health Index.

  • Community Commons

    Community Commons can help with your Community Health Needs Assessment

  • Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)
  • County Health Rankings - Visit Website

    Look up your county's rankings, learn about our methods, and download the data you need. This ranking tool is used as a benchmark for MaineHealth's Health Index.

  • Diabetes Surveillance Report, Maine 2012

  • F as in Fat 2013

  • Food Fight!!

    Hospitals across the MaineHealth system have made excellent progress toward helping patients, employees, and communities make healthier food choices. In recognition of these important efforts, MaineHealth launched the Food Fight – a friendly competition inviting all of our member hospitals and organizations to show off their best healthy recipes.


    Hundreds of employees and community members from across the MaineHealth system submitted their healthiest, tastiest recipes featuring a variety of different local fruits and vegetables. From these submissions, a panel at each organization selected the top two recipes based on creativity, originality, and of course, nutrition.


    To determine the winning recipe at each organization, food service teams at each hospital prepared the top two recipes and hosted taste tests in their cafeterias. Similar to the format of cooking competition television shows, employees and visitors stopped by to taste each dish and cast their vote.

     A recipe book was created with the top two recipe submissions from each MaineHealth organization, featuring at total of 14 different local fruits and vegetables! For more details and to view the recipe book, visit

  • Healthy Brown Bag Lunches - Handout

    A resource, housed online, that lists healthy brown bag lunch options for adults. The pre-survey indicated that the community is interested in receiving information around healthy brown bag lunches. This handout fulfills parts of that need.



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