To improve our communities and to make them places

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To improve our communities and to make them places where people are healthy, safe, and cared for, will take a unified effort. Collaborating effectively with other individu- als and organizations, both inside and outside the community, is necessary. This requires a process of people working together to address key issues that are important to them. The community environment will establish and promote healthy eating and active lifestyles as the norm rather than the exception. Community based strategies to support healthy eating and physical activity need to be tailored for the individual community. Access to healthy foods choices and opportu- nities for physical activity by modifying com- munity and school environments is needed. Examples include churches, mosques, syna- gogues and other faith organizations that serve meals to members to provide healthy food selections and promote prayer walks or exercise classes at the facility; and for civic groups to select a neighborhood environmen- tal issue to address in efforts to promote walking. Policy Alabama’s decision makers will be support- ive at local and state levels in creating oppor- tunities for healthy eating and physical activi- ty through policies and laws. This will require citizens to raise awareness and pro- mote action among elected and appointed officials, foundations, and potential private sector partners regarding the need for policy change, environmental change, and adequate resources to address overweight/ obesity in Alabama. Evidenced-based approaches that work The obesity epidemic is a serious health problem that calls for immediate action to reduce its prevalence. Therefore, the task- force felt that actions should be based on evi- dence-based research. These interventions or treatment approaches have been scientifically demonstrated to be effective, regardless of the discipline that developed them. This plan is based on research findings that validate the promoted concepts. However, the plan will not be limited only to printed evidenced- based documentation.
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Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Control of Overweight and Obesity in Alabama 23 Alabama’s State Plan Addressing Obesity
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GENERAL COMMENTS This report presents a plan with goals, rec- ommendations, strategies, and activities encouraging interventions that promote healthy eating and physical activity as approaches for Alabamians to reach and maintain a healthy weight. In developing the plan, it was recognized that a great potential for synergy with enhanced communication and coordination among various groups with- in the state exists. For example, media mes- sages can be tailored to be put into practice at schools, work places, and community sites. There will also be benefits of learning from successes across the state. The successful approaches can be tailored and implemented in a different location. This coordinated focus will assist in using limited resources and generating new resources by involving the whole state.
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