Florida's State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, Dr. John H. Armstrong, spoke to Florida Face to Face host Beth Switzer about the new Healthiest Weight initiative and more...watch the video.
Local governments can implement a variety of policies that have been shown to increase physical activity levels and improve nutrition. Acknowledging that many jurisdictions have already made progress in these types of policy changes, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong, established the Healthy Weight Community Champion Recognition Program to highlight communities for their important efforts.
Submit your community for recognition today.
As we survey the health landscape, we see the #1 public health threat that challenges the bright future of Florida: weight. Currently, only 35% of Floridians are at healthy weight. One quarter are obese, and the rest are overweight. On our current trend, by 2030, almost 60% will be obese.
The costs of care for chronic diseases from obesity alone—diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and arthritis—are unsustainable, estimated to be $34B over the next 17 years.
Over the next 20 years in Florida, obesity could contribute to: 2,442,415 new cases of type 2 diabetes, 6,188,174 new cases of heart disease and stroke, 5,261,978 new cases of hypertension, 3,266,082 new cases of arthritis, and 869,214 new cases of obesity-related cancer.
Healthiest Weight Florida was launched in Orlando at the State Surgeon General’s Symposium on Healthiest Weight in January 2013. A summary video of the event is available here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rA5EaGCHTzI. Through the initiative, the Department of Health is building collaborations and providing assistance to counties, community groups and other partners to implement programs that focus on:
By bending the projected BMI (Body Mass Index) curve by just 5% from the current trajectory, hundreds of thousands of new cases of chronic disease can be prevented while saving millions in healthcare costs.