Have you been following the CDC Weight of the Nation 2012 forum in Washington DC? Looking forward to the HBO special next week? The conference and movie kick off a number of activities designed to engage us all to act against the obesity pandemic.
Obesity is a public health crisis: two-thirds of adults and one-third of children are overweight or obese. The staggering human toll of obesity-related chronic disease and disability, and an annual cost of $190.2 billion for treating obesity-related illness, underscore the urgent need to strengthen prevention efforts in the United States.
This morning, The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its long-awaited report on catalysts that could speed progress in obesity prevention. On their own, accomplishing any one of these might help speed up progress in preventing obesity, but together, their effects will be reinforced, amplified, and maximized.
The five essential areas of focus are:
- Integrate physical activity every day in every way
- Market what matters for a healthy life
- Make healthy foods and beverages available everywhere
- Activate employers and health care professionals
- Strengthen schools as the heart of health
Over the next few days we will be highlighting the different recommendations the IOM laid out. Join R2R to highlight some of the important work you have undertaken to in these areas to redress the obesity pandemic. Which best practices, initiatives, programs and partnerships have you taken on in your lab, your state, your coalition? Please share your story with us and help others in this essential work!
Obesity: Complex, but Conquerable.