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Obesity prevention programs encourage children, adolescents and adults to adopt behaviors that promote better health. List of Prevention Programs There are prevention programs for individuals and groups, in the workplace, in schools and communities.

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Prevention Guidelines for Health Practitioners

Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States

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This report contains 24 recommended obesity prevention strategies focusing on environmental and policy level change initiatives that can be implemented by local governments and school districts to promote healthy eating and active living.

CDC Funded Programs
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Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and Environmental Change (ACHIEVE) Communities



CDC's ACHIEVE communities (Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental changE) develop and implement policy, systems, and environmental change strategies that can help prevent or manage health risk factors for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and arthritis.



Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC)



Through collaboration with YMCA of the USA since 2005, CDC has funded PHC communities to convene high-level representatives from the local government, public health, and private sectors to focus on changing the environment in a way that reduces community barriers for healthy living.



State-Based Obesity Programs



A CDC program in 28 state health departments to prevent and control obesity and other chronic diseases.


Strategic Alliance for Health (SAH) Communities   CDC’s SAH communities improve community health through sustainable, innovative, and evidence-based community health promotion and chronic disease prevention interventions that promote policy, systems, and environmental changes.  
U.S. State and Territorial Health Departments Collaborative for Chronic Diseases   CDC assists in funding and training state and territorial health departments through a National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion cooperative agreement to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent chronic diseases. This page also provides a contact list of health department representatives involved in the Collaborative.  

Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

Let’s Move! has an ambitious but important goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.

Let’s Move will give parents the support they need, provide healthier food in schools, help our kids to be more physically active, and make healthy, affordable food available in every part of our country.

Join First Lady Michelle Obama, community leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, moms and dads in a nationwide campaign to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity. Learn more and join us.