The DeKalb County Putting Prevention to Work obesity initiative is working with community partners and local government officials to create a Master Active Living Plan (Plan). The Plan includes a policy that will allow neighborhood residents access to school recreational facilities affording them easy access to places for physical activity, and establishing community vegetable gardens in local parks. These changes will make it easier for children and adults to eat healthier and be more physically active. The goals of these CPPW initiatives include achieving (1) increased physical activity, (2) improving nutrition; and (3) decreasing overweight/obesity prevalence. The interventions strive to reduce the burden of chronic disease, reduce health disparities and improve public health across the lifespan of DeKalb residents and will be adapted as necessary to meet the diverse cultural and linguistic needs of our community.
The DeKalb County tobacco initiative aims to create a healthier, tobacco-free community by implementing evidence-based intervention strategies to increase awareness of the health consequences of tobacco use, decrease exposure to secondhand smoke, increase efforts to restrict youth access to tobacco products, support pricing strategies to decrease tobacco use, increase access to cessation resources, and increase social support for residents ready to quit using tobacco. Interventions include establishing tobacco-free parks and college campuses and conducting a multi-ethnic educational campaign to ensure that tobacco-free messages span the spectrum of DeKalb's population.
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