West virginia NEWS

CDC Profile Reveals Concerning Level of Poor Dietary Quality, Physical Activity and Obesity in West Virginia

Many American communities lack environments that could support healthy diets and regular physical activity. Healthy dietary and physical activity practices can lower the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.
In addition, excess calorie intake and physical inactivity contribute to obesity, which is associated with some of the leading preventable chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. Among adults, the medical costs associated with obesity are an estimated $147 billion.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO), 34 percent of adults in West Virginia are overweight, and 35.7 percent of adults have obesity.
Public health approaches can help make healthy options available, accessible, and affordable. The DNPAO supports the nation to establish sustainable programs to improve dietary quality, increase physical activity, and reduce obesity and overweight. DNPAO funds and works with state health departments through a cooperative agreement (State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health program).
Download the 2016 West Virginia State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile to see data from DNPAO on dietary quality, physical activity, and obesity in Delaware and select activities funded with this cooperative agreement. For more information about CDC’s work to support healthy eating and physical activity, please visit the DNPAO website.