Obesity is a common, serious, and costly chronic disease of adults and children that continues to increase in the United States and Idaho. Obesity is putting a strain on American families, affecting overall health, health care costs, productivity, and military.
Obesity is serious because it is associated with poorer mental health outcomes and reduced quality of life. Obesity can also lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer. A healthy diet and regular physical activity help people achieve and maintain a health weight starting at an early age and continuing throughout life. Obesity can also be
Physical Activity and Nutrition
To help combat the obesity problem, the Idaho Physical Activity and Nutrition Program (IPAN) works statewide to encourage healthy eating and increase active living opportunities. A focus on policy and environmental changes makes the healthy choice the easy choice for Idahoans. Eastern Idaho Public Health works with community partners to maximize resources, provide education, and work to improve access to nutrition and physical activity tools in an effort to improve our communities.
The Idaho Physical Activity and Nutrition program focuses on five strategic areas.
- Farmers Markets
- Healthy Eating, Active Listening (HEAL), Idaho Network of Partners
Eastern Idaho Public Health focuses on communities, childcare, and schools.