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Prevent Childhood Obesity

A key element in implementing statewide childhood obesity prevention policies is to ensure that state efforts take into consideration, and further, local efforts taking place in communities and schools. Policies that improve access to healthy foods, support healthy community design and require healthy school initiatives are all ways to make a significant impact on children’s’ health. By creating environments across communities and schools where physical activity and access to healthy foods are the norm, states will decrease both the health costs and financial burden that childhood obesity generates, creating healthier, more vibrant communities for children and families.

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Leadership for Healthy Communities provided guidance for the development of these strategies. LHC has been a leader in advancing policy to promote the health and wellness of children and their communities.

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According to a collaborative report by the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention, the United States is projected to spend $344 billion in obesity-related health care costs in 2018 if obesity levels continue to increase at their current rate.

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Complete Streets in urban and rural areas look very different, but Complete Street policies always ensure safe passage for all users. Transportation agencies implementing these policies ensure that streets and roads work for drivers, transit users, pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as for older people, children and people with disabilities. The Complete Streets Coalition created a slide show of rural and urban Complete Streets.