September 28, 2012


Tackling the Obesity Epidemic 

Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO

More than half of the residents of most states could be obese by 2030 if current trends continue.  With that sobering report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health last week came a challenging conclusion:  by reducing the average body mass index (BMI) of their residents by just 5%, states could avoid much of the staggering increase in obesity-related disease rates and health care costs.  This year, the AHA's NOVA Award  recognized successful anti-obesity programs involving Boston Children's Hospital and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center/Children's Hospital of New Jersey.  The report provides more examples and lays out strategies and policy approaches to reduce obesity, improve nutrition and increase activity. The AHA vision is of a society of healthy communities, where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.  We will not get there unless we tackle obesity.

Thanks,
Rich

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