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.
  • State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2013
  • Ten Modifiable Health Risk Factors Are Linked To More Than One-Fifth Of Employer-Employee Health Care Spending

  • The American Profile: Weight Gained Over the Last 20 Years

  • The Foods You Choose

    This booklet, developed by MaineHealth, provides information for adults on healthy food choices.

  • The Future Costs of Obesity

  • The Future Costs of Obesity: National and State Estimates of the Impact of Obesity on Direct Health Care Expenses

  • Video: Oxford County Moves

    This video was developed to tell the story of Oxford County Moves as part of the Learning Collaborative made up by all of the Community Transformation Grant for Small Communities grantees within the Hometown Partnership. It provides an overview of the project's aims, activities, and outcomes. 

  • Waldo County Reentry Center Garden

    Reentry Center Garden resources - basic information on the Waldo County Reentry Center Garden and the work that is being done to help feed the community. 

  • Waldo Fresh: Farmer Survey

    Attached are the data and findings from the Waldo Fresh Farmer Survey.



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