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.
  • Healthy People 2020 Objectives
  • Knox County Get Up and Go Guide

    A list and brief description of physical activity opportunities in Knox County (listed by town).  Many of the options are low to no cost. The guide provides individuals with ideas on how to be physically active and is being used widely by many of the participating Let's Go! Knox County childcare and healthcare sites.The team was pleased with the results of the survey as it indicated what community members would like to see and guided the direction of the process.

  • Let's Go - 5-2-1-0 Goes After School Video at the YMCA
  • Let's Go - Eating Healthy on a Budget
  • Let's Go - Healthy Brown Bag Lunches
  • Let's Go - Healthy Convenience Store
  • Let's Go - How much sugar is in your drink?
  • 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 

  • Logic Model - Let's Go


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