Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States
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CDC initiated the Common Community Measures for Obesity Prevention Project (the Measures
Project). The objective of the Measures Project was to identify and recommend a set of strategies and associated measurements that
communities and local governments can use to plan and monitor environmental and policy-level changes for obesity prevention.
This report describes the expert panel process that was used to identify 24 recommended strategies for obesity prevention and a suggested
measurement for each strategy that communities can use to assess performance and track progress over time. The 24 strategies
are divided into six categories: 1) strategies to promote the availability of affordable healthy food and beverages), 2) strategies to
support healthy food and beverage choices, 3) a strategy to encourage breastfeeding, 4) strategies to encourage physical activity or
limit sedentary activity among children and youth, 5) strategies to create safe communities that support physical activity, and 6)
a strategy to encourage communities to organize for change.