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10-17 Year Olds
The latest National Survey of Children’s Health finds that 15.8% of U.S. youth ages 10 to 17 have obesity.
West Virginia has the highest adult obesity rate, 38.1%, according to the latest Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
Nationwide, 18.5% of youth ages 2 to 19 have obesity, according to the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
2-4 Year Olds
The rate of obesity declined from 15.9% in 2010 to 14.5% in 2014 among 2- to 4-year-olds enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
High School Students
14.8% of U.S. high school students have obesity and an additional 15.6% are overweight, according to the latest data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System.
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Diabetes Prevention Program
Healthy Food Financing
Nutrition Facts Label
Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP
Prevention and Public Health Fund
Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
School-Based Physical Education and Physical Activity
School Meals and Snacks
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Women Infants and Children (WIC)
District of Columbia
Updated School Nutrition Standards Are Effective
A 2019 USDA study found that school meals are considerably healthier under the updated school nutrition standards. We spoke with The Lunch Tray’s Bettina Elias Siegel about her thoughts on the study.
Supporting Healthy Kids and Communities Through Safe Routes to School in Minnesota
In Minnesota, strong support for Safe Routes to Schools programs has benefited nearly 500 schools and helped reach 110,000 students every two years.
Cultivating Healthy Communities in Appalachia
Obesity and obesity-related chronic illnesses are significantly higher in Appalachian counties than elsewhere. A new report from the Appalachian Regional Commission examines how the region is approaching this challenge.
Doubling Dollars and Extending the Reach of Healthy Food Initiatives
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates 40 million people live in neighborhoods without access to fresh, affordable and nutritious food options, making them “food insecure.” Residents of these communities typically rely on fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer little to no fresh food.
Q&A: How Food Marketing Contributes to Health Disparities
The vast majority of TV food ads targeting Black and Hispanic audiences are for unhealthy products. A new report shows what impact that could have on health disparities.
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