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Obesity Strategies

State Obesity Task Force

The goal of the State Obesity Task Force was to develop and implement a comprehensive, realistic plan to reduce the worsening obesity epidemic in Alabama. The plan was not to change approaches already in progress, but rather to create a uniform approach to reduce obesity.

The Alabama State Obesity Plan provides goals and objectives to follow at various social-ecological levels. The plan provides various approaches to address the impact of obesity on Alabama’s citizens including education and awareness, lifestyle and behavioral choices, community-based environmental strategies, school and worksite improvements, and policy development or changes.

Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Control of Overweight and Obesity in Alabama

Motivational Interviewing Video

In a video presentation, Dr. Bruce A. Berger, professor and head of the department of Pharmacy Care Systems at Auburn University, discusses motivational interviewing techniques.

Health Behavior Change: Using Motivational Interviewing

Legislative Task Force on Obesity

Created through House Joint Resolution HJR40, Act No. 2005-257, the Legislative Task Force on Obesity was charged to study the various solutions available to address the impact of obesity. Recommendations within the report have been grouped into three areas: medical interventions, state legislative or policy involvement, and population incentives. The report also includes concerns and issues that the Task Force discussed, but ultimately did not include among the recommendations.

Legislative Task Force on Obesity Report

Legislative Task Force on Morbid Obesity

Act 2007-565 of the Alabama Legislature established the Legislative Task Force on Morbid Obesity. This task force reviewed the costs related to the surgery.

Morbid Obesity Task Force Final Report

Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity

Health problems resulting from overweight and obesity could reverse many of the health gains achieved in the U.S. in recent decades, according to a Surgeon General's "call to action" report, entitled "The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity." It outlines strategies that communities can use in helping to address the problems. Those options include requiring physical education at all school grades, providing more healthy food options on school campuses, and providing safe and accessible recreational facilities for residents of all ages.

The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity

Obesity in Alabama

Childhood Obesity

Weight problems can also occur in children. To learn more, visit Childhood Obesity.


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