Category Archives: Active Living

Public health takes on obesity: A route to better health

Obesity is a serious and costly health problem facing our nation. The number of kids and teens who are obese has nearly tripled in the past three decades, leading to a generation at risk for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and other serious health problems. However, there is hope. For the first time in recent years, obesity rates have declined. Innovative public health approaches and partnerships are contributing to improved food choices and creating opportunities for physical activity, helping to curb obesity. We must continue to fund public health programs to ensure healthy futures for all of our nation’s children.

Share this infographic widely and use it as an example when talking to your members of Congress and other policymakers about the importance of strong public health funding.

SHIP: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

A great video from Minnesota’s Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) that illustrates how community design and environmental interventions impact people’s ability to live healthy lives.

Watch the video here

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Play Matters: A Case Study of Best Practices to Inform Local Policy and Process in Support of Children’s Play

Children playing outside—in spaces dedicated for play or not—signify a vibrant, healthy community. In cities and towns across America, however, children just don’t get out and play
as they used to. The barriers to play include increased screen time, reductions in school-based
playtime, more traffic, less open space, run-down play areas, and caregivers’ fears about
safety. As children become more sedentary, the loss of play has serious consequences for
health, education, and community development.

Read the full report here.
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