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California's Obesity Prevention Plan

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In recognition of Californias growing obesity epidemic, competing environmental forces and fragmented efforts, the legislature mandated that California Department of Health Services (CDHS) create this strategic plan to guide a statewide response to this crisis. This California Obesity Prevention Plan serves as a guide for each sector of society to take part in creating the shift to healthy eating and active living. This plan was constructed with input from a number of advisory groups, forums, and meetings including, the Governors Summit on Health, Nutrition, and Obesity, the Strategic Alliance, and the California Obesity Prevention Initiative. It identifies recommendations for action for all sectors to make sustainable changes in physical activity and food environments. The strategic actions are organized under these four goals:

  • Goal 1: Ensure state level leadership and coordination that reaches into communities across the state.
  • Goal 2: Create a statewide public education campaign that frames healthy eating and active living as California living.
  • Goal 3: Support local assistance grants and implement multi-sectoral policy strategies to create healthy eating and active living community environments.
  • Goal 4: Create and implement a statewide tracking and evaluation system.

This California Obesity Prevention Plan is meant to serve as a springboard for government, business, voluntary and philanthropic sectors to convert fragmentation into collaboration and synergy, to carefully align and invest resources, and to create a shared response to a societal crisis.

To visit California's Obesity Prevention Program click here.

To see California's 2010 Obesity Prevention Plan click here

To see California's updated 2014 California Wellness Plan click here

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