• 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.
Healthiest Weight
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Worksite Wellness Recognition

People particapating in a worksite wellness program

Many employers are recognizing their role in creating healthy work environments that make it easier for employees to make healthy choices. We are proud of the public and private organizations in Florida that support the principles of Healthiest Weight Florida by practicing exemplary employee wellness. Learn more about this year’s recognized organizations.

Champions Announced!

Healthy Weight Community Champion 2014 Recognition Program

Learn more about the State Surgeon General 2014 Healthy Weight Community Champions

Dr. John Armstrong on The Florida Channel

07/11/2013 Florida Face to Face – Dr. John H. Armstrong, State Surgeon General

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.

Why is healthy weight a priority for the Department of Health?

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.

What is involved with Healthiest Weight Florida?

Healthiest Weight Florida was launched in Orlando at the State Surgeon General’s Symposium on Healthiest Weight in January 2013. 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:

  • Increasing the initiation, duration and exclusivity of breastfeeding.
  • Promoting improved nutrition and physical activity in early care and education.
  • Encouraging improved nutrition in schools.
  • Increasing the physical activity for students during the school day and after school programs.
  • Increasing access to high-quality, affordable foods in communities.
  • Increasing physical activity by improving the built environment in communities.
  • Promoting health professional awareness and counseling of patient body mass index (BMI).

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.

Additional Resources

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Report:
Bending the Obesity Cost Curve in Florida (PDF)

Institute of Medicine Report:
Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention

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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