Progress reports

In recent years, some cities, counties, and states have started to see their childhood obesity rates go down. Places reporting declines have implemented a wide range of strategies to make healthy foods available and encourage physical activity in schools and communities. In this collection, we share these communities' unique approaches. While no single local strategy is directly linked with declining childhood obesity rates, the collective effect of their far-reaching changes may be helping to support healthier environments so kids and families can make healthier choices.

American Indian and Alaska Native Youth

Obesity rates stabilizing among kids in Indian country

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WIC Declines

Obesity rates drop among young children from low-income families

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Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage reports a 5.4 percent decline in the overweight and obesity rate among children in grades K, 1, 3, 5, and 7.

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Cherokee Co., South Carolina

Cherokee County reports declines in the overweight and obesity rates among students in grades 1 and 3.

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Colorado

Colorado reports a 7.4 percent decline among children ages 2 to 4 from low-income families.

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Greater St. Cloud, Minnesota

Greater St. Cloud reports a 24 percent decline in the obesity rate among children age 12.

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New Mexico

New Mexico reports a 15.5 percent decline in the overweight and obesity rates among kindergartners and an 11.1 percent decline among students in third grade.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia reports a 6.5 percent decline in the obesity rate for students in grades K-12.

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Seminole County, Florida

Seminole Co., reports a 13.7 percent decline in the overweight and obesity rate among children in grades 1, 3, and 6.

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Southern California

Southern California reports an 8.4 percent decline in the obesity rate among children and teenagers.

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DuPage County, Illinois

DuPage Co., reports a 4.5 percent decline in the overweight and obesity rate among students in grades K, 6, and 9.

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Lincoln, Nebraska

Lincoln reports an 8.2 percent decline in the obesity rate among children in grades K-8.

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Mississippi

Mississippi reports an 11.6 percent decline in the overweight and obesity rate among children in grades K-5.

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Tennessee

Tennessee reports a 6.3 percent decline in the obesity rate among students in grades K, 2, 4, 6, 8, and high school.

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California

California reports a 1.1 percent decline in the obesity rate among students in grades 5, 7, and 9.

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Eastern Massachusetts

Eastern Massachusetts reports a 21.4 percent decline in the obesity rate among children under age 6.

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Granville and Vance Counties, N.C.

Granville and Vance counties report declines in the overweight and obesity rates for children ages 2 to 18.

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Kearney, Nebraska

The Kearney school district reports a 13.4 percent decline in the obesity rate among children in grades K-5.

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New York, New York

New York City reports a 5.5 percent decline in the obesity rate among students in grades K-8.

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