Obesity is quickly becoming a leading public health challenge in Vermont. Over half of all Vermont adults are overweight or obese, putting them at significant risk for chronic conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, as well as some forms of cancer. Overweight among children is increasing at an alarming rate, more than doubling over the past 20 years. This obesity epidemic is putting our children at risk for an array of health problems at an earlier age than ever before.
The Fit & Healthy Vermonters plan is Vermonts outline for preventing obesity. It provides a framework for increasing physical activity and improving nutrition across multiple areas. It includes actions to be taken by government, social service and health agencies, communities, worksites, schools, early childcare programs, families and individuals. And, it calls for changes in policy to promote and support these actions. The plan was developed with input and recommendations from a wide variety of individuals and organizations, and it is designed to help Vermont achieve the following goals:
- Reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases associated with overweight and obesity
- Reduce the proportion of Vermonters who are above a healthy weight
- Increase fruit and vegetable consumption
- Reduce portion sizes
- Reduce consumption of sugar sweetened beverages
- Increase physical activity
- Decrease sedentary behaviors, and
- Increase breastfeeding initiation, exclusivity and duration.
The plan is closely aligned with the Vermont Blueprint for Health chronic care initiative designed to address the growing burden of chronic diseases.
To go directly to Vermont's plan click here.
For more information about Vermont's obesity-prevention program click here