Obesity is one of the most significant health risks to Pima County residents, reducing quality of life, limiting mobility, creating a financial burden and increasing risk of illness and death through diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Obesity rates among both adults and children have increased dramatically over the last 20 years. Despite education on the risks associated with poor diet and insufficient physical activity, nearly 67% of adults and over 30% of children in the U.S. are either overweight or obese.
Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) is a national initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Pima County was one of 44 communities nationwide that received funding to implement policy, systems and environmental changes that prevent or reduce the spread of obesity and related chronic diseases. By developing policy and environmental changes that provide opportunities to engage in healthy lifestyles, including improved access to nutritious food and safe physical activity, the CPPW program aims to make the healthy choice the easy choice for all Pima County residents.