This collection features stories from states, cities, counties and school districts that have measured a decline in childhood obesity rates for three years or longer. The data collection methods, populations evaluated and time periods vary by location.

These stories highlight the unique approaches some communities are taking to monitor childhood obesity rates and support healthier environments so kids and families can make healthier choices. While no single strategy is directly linked with declining childhood obesity rates, these state and local efforts may help to inform work in other communities.

American Indian and Alaska Native Youth

Obesity rates have stabilized among kids in Indian country

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WIC Declines

CDC reported a decline in obesity rates among 2- to 4-year old WIC participants from 2010 to 2014.

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Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage reported a 5.4 percent decline in the overweight and obesity rate among children in grades K, 1, 3, 5, and 7 from 2004 to 2014.

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Cherokee Co., South Carolina

Cherokee County reported declines in overweight and obesity rates among students in grades 1 and 3 from 2012 to 2015.

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Colorado

Colorado reported a 7.4 percent decline among 2- to 4-year-olds enrolled in WIC from 2012 to 2015.

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Greater St. Cloud, Minnesota

Greater St. Cloud reported a 24 percent decline in the obesity rate among children age 12 from 2008 to 2015.

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New Mexico

New Mexico reported declines in overweight and obesity among kindergartners and third graders from 2010 to 2015.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia reported a 6.5 percent decline in the obesity rate for students in grades K-12 from 2006-07 to 2012-13.

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Seminole County, Florida

Seminole Co., reported a 13.7 percent decline among children in grades 1, 3, and 6 from 2006-07 to 2013-14.

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Southern California

Southern California reported an 8.4 percent decline in the obesity rate among children and teenagers from 2008 to 2013.

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DuPage County, Illinois

DuPage Co., reported a 4.5 percent decline in the overweight and obesity rate among students in grades K, 6, and 9 from 2011 to 2014.

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Lincoln, Nebraska

Lincoln reported an 8.2 percent decline in the obesity rate among children in grades K-8 from 2010 to 2013.

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Mississippi

Mississippi reported an 11.6 percent decline in the overweight and obesity rate among children in grades K-5 from 2005 to 2013.

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Tennessee

Tennessee reported a decline in obesity among students in grades K, 2, 4, 6, 8, and high school from 2007-08 to 2012-13.

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California

California reported a 1.1 percent decline in obesity among students in grades 5, 7, and 9 from 2005 to 2010.

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Kearney, Nebraska

The Kearney school district reported a 13.4 percent decline in obesity among children in grades K-5 from 2006 to 2011.

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New York, New York

New York City reported a 5.5 percent decline in obesity among students in grades K-8 from 2006-07 to 2010-11.

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Local and Statewide Declines in Childhood Obesity
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  • Local decline
  • Statewide decline
  • Decline among 2- to 4-year-old WIC participants*
*WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, provides healthy foods and nutrition education to pregnant women, mothers and children under age 5. Read more