Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Program (NUPAO)
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The Health in Policy and Practice Advisory Group has been established by ADHS in partnership with Maricopa Department of Public Health representing Livable Communities Coalition, Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona State University and the Arizona Chapter of American Planning Association, to complete the first Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in Arizona. The group prepared a HIA to recommend strategies to ensure health equity in the community surrounding the alignment of the Tempe Modern Street Car. Health risks that were assessed includes air pollution, physical activity, safety and injury prevention, accessibility to resources, neighborhood environment, and livelihood. Some recommendations that have been integrated in the Tempe Street Car Design Plan include: 1) improve walking and biking infrastructure to promote active commuting safely, 2) incorporate shade structures at stations to increase aesthetics and address the heat, and 3) increase connectivity between transit and existing community amenities including parks and recreation.
The Obesity Epidemic
This December, 2011, report provides historical data and specific information about the obesity problem in Arizona. It was produced by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity.
Obesity Epidemic VideoArizona solutions showcased!
This video explains the many factors that have contributed to the obesity epidemic, and showcases several community initiatives, including Arizona, taking place to prevent and reduce obesity. Obesity is a national epidemic and a major contributor to some of the leading causes of death in the U.S., including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer. We need to change our communities into places that strongly support healthy eating and active living.
School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
Schools play a critical role in improving the dietary and physical activity behaviors of children and adolescents. Schools can create environments supportive of students' efforts to eat healthy and be active by implementing policies and practices that support healthy eating and regular physical activity and by providing opportunities for students to learn about and practice these behaviors.
County Leisure Time Physical Inactivity Estimates
In Arizona, nearly 1 in 4 adults are not active during their free time. The rates of leisure-time physical inactivity are as low as 17.0% in Santa Cruz County to as high as 29.4% in La Paz County, according to new 2008 estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These rates reflect adults who report no physical activity or exercise other than daily functions at their place of employment.
Obesity Increases in Arizona
According to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) more than two-thirds of U.S. states (39) have adult obesity rates of at least 25 percent, including Arizona. For Arizona, the 2011 obesity rate was 24.7% (a 12.1% increase since 1995). The report also projects obesity rates in 2030 under two scenarios. Scenario 1 is that obesity rates continue on their current track and scenario 2 is that the average BMI is reduced by 5%. For scenario one, the percent of obese Arizonians would be 58.8%; and for scenario 2, the percent of obese Arizonians would be 51.8%.