Healthiest Weight
  • 65% of adults are overweight or obese.
  • 1 out of 3 kids now considered overweight or obese.
  • The costs of care for chronic diseases from obesity alone are estimated to be $34B over the next 17 years.

What’s new for Healthiest Weight Florida?

Maintain, Don’t Gain
The Florida Department of Health is teaming up with North Carolina State University to offer the Maintain, Don’t Gain! Holiday Challenge. Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE seven-week challenge provides participants with tips, tricks, and ideas to help maintain your weight throughout the holiday season.

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State Surgeon General Healthy Weight Community Champion Recognition Program
State Surgeon General Healthy Weight Community Champion Recognition Program recognizes municipalities and counties that have implemented “best practice” policies to create healthier communities. The deadline has been extended to Friday, December 19th.

What is Healthiest Weight Florida?

The number one public health threat to Florida's future is unhealthy weight.

Currently, only 36 percent of Floridians are at healthy weight. On our current trend, by 2030, almost 60 percent will be obese. Additionally, six out of ten children born today will be obese by the time they graduate high school.

Over the next 20 years in Florida, obesity is expected to contribute to millions of cases of preventable chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer, costing an estimated $34 billion. To address this important public health issue, the Department of Health launched the Healthiest Weight Florida initiative in January 2013.

Healthiest Weight Florida is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not for profit organizations, businesses, and entire communities to help Florida’s children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living.

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The initiative works closely with partners to leverage existing resources to maximize reach and impact. These partners include the business community, hospitals, non-governmental organizations, non-profit agencies, other federal, state, or local government agencies, and volunteer coalitions. The overall goal is to bend the weight curve by 5% by 2017.

Healthiest Weight Florida is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not for profit organizations, businesses, and entire communities to help Florida's children and adults make choices about healthy eating and active living.



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