Walking to Fight Obesity


OBJECTIVE #1: Decrease Percentage of Iowans Who are Obese

Obesity is a complex problem which will require a multifaceted approach. Medical conditions that are obesity-related include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, and can be a leading cause of death. The medical costs for people who have obesity were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. (Source: Health Affairs, Sept/Oct 2009)

Policy makers, state and local organizations, business and community leaders, school, childcare and healthcare professionals, and individuals must work together to create an environment that supports a healthy lifestyle in order to combat this national epidemic. 

Measurement: % of adult (18+) Iowans who are obese.

Stable Gauge
Iowa Adults (% Obese)
Current Rate - 2018
Target Rate - 2021

CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. Data, Trend and Maps [online]. https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/data-trends-maps/index.html *Additional IDPH analysis of national BRFSS data.

Helpful Resources:

5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!

Proven, scientific method to keep kids healthy by focusing on the importance of good habits. It all starts by encouraging them to eat and play the right way.

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Double Up Food Bucks

Making it easier for low-income Iowans to eat fresh fruits and vegetables while supporting family farmers and growing local economies.

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Iowa Walking College

Training designed to increase statewide advocates on opportunities to improve walkability and active transportation throughout the state. 

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Healthy Hometown

 Healthy Hometown powered by Wellmark aims to make the healthy choice, the easy choice, using evidence-based interventions and tools.

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Key Indicators 

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Overall progress  Eat Well    Move more  Feel better