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Encouraging Progress on the State of Obesity in the United State
"Over the course of three decades, obesity rates in the United States reached epidemic proportions. Rates rose rapidly among both children and adults. Medical costs associated with obesity and related diseases skyrocketed."
After decades of the obesity rates climbing higher and higher, the rate of obesity among children and adults has begun to slow. The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation put out an article last week with national data on obesity. They attributed the trend to collaborative efforts, such as what we aim to do through the WNYHCC. Together, organizations like ours have fought against unhealthy food policies in schools and workplaces. We've worked towards making affordable healthy foods more accessable. And we've worked on policies to create walkable communities, among other efforts.
While we have made great strides, nationally and in our communities, we still have a ways to go. But together, we can continue to be impactful in our communities. Click below for the article.
Let's take a look at the local obesity data on Keys to Health
We created a dashboard of Western New York with indicators related to obesity.
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