Concord, NH – The Obesity Prevention Program (OPP) at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) has released the New Hampshire Obesity Data Book 2010. For the first time, all sources of obesity-related data have been gathered into one publication. The Data Book documents increased rates of obesity among adults, teens, elementary-school children, and preschoolers. Data for the New Hampshire obesity prevention target areas is also included.
“Obesity has been linked to conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of DPHS. “The obesity epidemic is reversible but it will take the concerted effort of all of us including public health officials, health care practitioners, educators, and individuals.”
Target areas discussed in the New Hampshire Obesity Data Book 2010 include: television viewing, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption, and breastfeeding. These principal behavior target areas were identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“Obesity is a complex problem that requires both personal and community action,” said Dr. Montero. “It requires eating healthier and being active, but helping people get there is the key. In New Hampshire we have been working on a number of efforts to help people make better choices and take steps to live healthier, but to reverse these rates of obesity, we need to change our communities into places that strongly support healthy eating and active living.”
The OPP is part of a consortium of organizations implementing the State obesity prevention plan, Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL). OPP is funded by a five-year cooperative agreement with the CDC. Visit www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/data.htm to view the New Hampshire Obesity Data Book 2010. For more information about preventing obesity in your community, contact the DPHS Obesity Prevention Program at 603-271-4551.