Collection of Adaptations to Community-Based Obesity Reduction Strategies for Youth and Young Adults with Physical and Cognitive Disabilities

To help communities create environments that promote good nutrition and physical activity, the CDC initiated the Common Community Measures for Obesity Prevention Project to identify a set of strategies that communities and local governments can use for obesity reduction and prevention. The 24 strategies created using the expert panel process 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.

This website was created so that persons with disabilities, teachers, clinicians, researchers, policy makers, and more could have a place to contribute their input on how to best adapt the CDC’s obesity-prevention strategies to be inclusive. Click on any of the strategy categories below to view the different strategies and submit your adaptations for youth and young adults with disabilities.

 
 
Communities should improve geographic availability of supermarkets in underserved areas.
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Communities should provide incentives to food retailers to locate in and/or offer healthier food and beverage choices in underserved areas.
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Communities should increase support for breastfeeding.
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Communities should require physical education in schools.
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Communities should increase the amount of physical activity in PE programs in schools.
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Communities should increase opportunities for extracurricular physical activity.
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Communities should reduce screen time in public service venues.
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Communities should zone for mixed use development.
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Communities should improve access to outdoor recreational facilities.
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The 24 obesity reduction strategies being adapted were initially developed and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information, please review the CDC report, Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States. Reference: CDC. Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States. MMWR. 2009;58(RR-7).