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Be a CHAMPION for VA’s Health. Heidi L. Hertz, MS, RD Obesity Prevention Coordinator Virginia Department of Health. The Obesity Battle. Topics. Describe U.S. obesity trends for children and adults Describe the current and future CHAMPION activities

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be a champion for va s health

Be a CHAMPION for VA’s Health

Heidi L. Hertz, MS, RD

Obesity Prevention Coordinator

Virginia Department of Health

topics
Topics
  • Describe U.S. obesity trends for children and adults
  • Describe the current and future CHAMPION activities
  • Highlight partnership opportunities at state and local level
national obesity rates
National Obesity Rates

1998

1990

2007

No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% 25%–29% ≥30%

obesity trends among u s adults brfss 2008
Obesity Trends* Among U.S. AdultsBRFSS, 2008
  • Virginia:
    • 35.8% overweight
    • 25.7% obese

No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% 25%–29% ≥30%

adult obesity in virginia
Adult Obesity in Virginia
  • Obesity is one of the leading preventable causes of death in the U.S. (second to tobacco use).
    • 60.6%, or 3.45 million adults, are overweight or obese
    • 25.5%, or 1.45 million adults, are obese.
hot off the press virginia s rank
Hot Off the Press! Virginia’s Rank
  • 32nd highest rate of adult obesity
    • 35% Overweight
    • 25.5% Obese
  • 23rd highest rate of youth obesity
    • 15.7% Overweight
    • 15.2% Obese
youth obesity in virginia
Youth Obesity in Virginia
  • Obesity is a serious health concern for children and adolescents
  • Obese children and adolescents are at risk for health problems during their youth and as adults and are more likely to become obese as adults.
childhood obesity
Childhood Obesity
  • The consequences of childhood overweight may mean a generation of children living shorter life spans than their parents.
vdh obesity prevention
VDH, Obesity Prevention
  • Through CHAMPION, the VDH focuses on proven obesity prevention strategies, creating a healthy nutritional environment, and appropriately emphasizing physical activity to improve the health of all Virginians. 
  • Common themes:
  • Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Promotion
  • Community Involvement
  • Media Interventions
  • Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change
champion strategies
Increase intake of fruits and vegetables

Increase breastfeeding rates

Increase physical activity

Decrease intake of energy dense foods

Decrease intake of sugar sweetened beverages

Decrease screen time

CHAMPION Strategies
healthy community action teams
Healthy Community Action Teams
  • Help to develop, improve, and sustain program initiatives at the local level.
  • Accomplish a broad range of goals that reach beyond the capacity of any individual member organization.
  • Create infrastructure for future funding, initiatives, and dissemination.
questions

Questions?

Contact Us:

http://www.vahealth.org/NuPAFP/Champion/

Heidi.Hertz@vdh.virginia.gov