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Community Programs

Around the country, many communities have launched innovative programs to combat obesity and encourage exercise and healthful eating. The most successful programs reach out to many community groups: educators, physicians, health care providers, childcare providers, children and parents.

Tools from the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention have compiled recommendations for community programs designed to increase physical activity among young people.

Tools from NIH and the Department of Health and Human Services

We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) is a national education program to help children ages 8 to 13 stay at a healthy weight. The program offers tips and resources for encouraging healthy eating, increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behavior.

Hundreds of communities across the United States and elsewhere have used this program to create healthier hometowns. Here are some examples: