In the face of recent projections about rising obesity rates, it’s good to see signs of hope in four communities where childhood obesity rates have decreased, as reported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). A recent Health Policy Snapshot highlights the results of changes that we are happy to say are already being made right here in Jefferson County.
- More healthy foods available in schools and communities
- More opportunities to integrate physical activity into daily lives
Through the many organizations that make up the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership, we already see a very positive response to programs that include Walking School Buses, training for school food service workers and fresh produce made more easily available through mobile market stands that accept federal benefits.
Our local work got a boost from RWJF’s Healthy Kids Healthy Communities initiative and the federal Communities Putting Prevention to Work. Now we need to do more, especially as we see what similar changes have accomplished in Philadelphia, New York City, California and Mississippi.