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Public Health Reports: Impacts of Federally Funded State Obesity Programs on Adult Obesity Prevalence in the United States, 1998-2010

In a recent article in Public Health Reports, Drs. Keumseok Koh, Sue Grady, Igor Vojnovic, and Joe Darden from Michigan State University investigated the overall impact of statewide intervention programs supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) on adult obesity prevalence in the United States. The CDC-DNPAO had granted federal funding to state health departments to implement programs aimed to “reduce the prevalence of obesity and other chronic diseases by changing Americans’ behaviors and environments.” Authors found that states that implemented the CDC-DNPAO program had a 2.4 percent to 3.8 percent reduction in the odds of obesity during 2000 – 2010 compared with states without the program. The effect of the CDC-DNPAO program varied by length of program implementation. States with longer program implementation did not necessarily have lower odds of obesity than states with shorter program implementation. Authors conclude that statewide obesity interventions can contribute to reduced odds of obesity in the United States.

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Public Health Reports is the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service and has been published since 1878. It is published bimonthly, plus supplement issues, through an official agreement with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. The journal is peer-reviewed and publishes original research and commentaries in the areas of public health practice and methodology, original research, public health law, and public health schools and teaching. Issues contain regular commentaries by the U.S. Surgeon General and executives of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health.

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