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EACH GROUP IN A COMMUNITY HAS A ROLE TO PLAY IN PREVENTING
CHILDHOOD OBESITY. BELOW ARE SIMPLE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO
FIGHT OBESITY THROUGH THE DIFFERENT ROLES IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
Donate money to organizations Participate in and support
‘ helping provide healthy healthy community
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physical activit‘e_s_. _ _ walks, runs, rides and
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Expand healthy foods Promote clinical and Institute or expand
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(llafllcularly weight and health programs.
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Support local Advertise the ways
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outreach, and , _.—; ;_: :» Q encourage healthy
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Work with local businesses Encourage Chamber
and policymakers to members to develop
increase accessibility of workplace wellness
healthy food options. programs.
Portray healthy eating and Use licensed characters to
active living as the norm in market healthy foods and
television, ﬁlm, and activities for children.
Provide network time
to promote the
beneﬁts of healthy
eating and living.
Increase options for healthy Work with teachers,
choices at sports, movie, parents, and schools to
and other educate children about
entertainment venues. food and nutrition.
inﬂuence food traditions by Establish or sustain a health
offering cookbooks and ministry to address healthy
recipes with healthier eating, active living, and
options. Establish healthy . ..-; _:: . T. 'j; _~-. .___ obesity prevention in the
food guidelines for potlucks *' ' context of your faith.
and other functions.
Help congregants make
use of “community”
. ‘ resources such as
double SNAP dollars
for produce, etc.
Provide access to affordable
and healthy food options
Encourage community and
congregant events such as
through farmers markets forming walking clubs
and food pantries. or youth activities.
Promote clinical and Promote healthy A
preventative services, behavior at home. l
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weight and health screenings. _,. «"" -
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environments Education (CME) to medical
in communities. professionals about
Introduce routine physical
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_ around an annual healthy
‘ community event such as a
fun run or food drive where ,5;-_: .: ::; -;_. __g7
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and child care
settings to have
Introduce healthier Pursue Limit screen time.
meals and snacks for prenatal-care
all family members. and breastfeeding.
Set standards for food Support pedestrian and bike
availability and ﬁtness at schools transportation programs and other forms
and government facilities. of pedestrian—friendIy development.
At the federal level,
examine meal and
to prevent obesity.
Monitor community health through
county health departments and
county health rankings.
At the federal level, ensure that
participants of aid programs have
access to healthy food.
Include healthy living and
eating in the curriculum.
Make physical activity a
priority for students (even if
there is not PE).
Work to have Work with chefs and
healthier and cooks in the
desirable food community to get
options. A ideas about
. preparing healthy
Educate nurses on issues Help students learn more about food
of weight management by offering extracurricular activities
and health. such as designing cookbooks,
gardening, and forming cooking clubs.
Want to know more about ﬁghting obesity in your community?
Read more about the actions you can take based on your role in the community
(http: //www. uschamberfoundation. org/ report/ navigating—obesity-road—map-prevention),
or learn more about how the best communities are forming coalitions to improve their health
(http: //www. uschamberfoundation. org/ aligning-communities-how-four-cities-are-preventing-obesity).
Email Lawrence Bowdish (| bowdish@uschamber. com)
to hear more about this infographic or the research behind it.
Preventing Obesity report: http: //www. uschamberfoundation. orglsites/ default/ ﬁles/ U SCCF_AligningCommunities_0.pdf
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