Community Partnerships to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Florida
For over a decade, rising obesity rates have topped the nation’s child health concerns, with one in three youth now overweight or obese. While we may be seeing these trends begin to subside, sustained progress will depend on continued action by the government, communities and the private sector. Across Florida, communities have been taking action to address childhood obesity with support from an initiative of the Florida Blue Foundation. Through Embrace a Healthy Florida, six organizations in different parts of the state are given resources and training to build coalitions and distribute grants for local prevention activities. This Promising Practices in Maternal and Child Health fact sheet looks at how a community-driven approach has allowed the Florida Blue Foundation to target efforts based on the specific needs and opportunities facing a diverse state.