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Mission Statement

"Creating a healthier Alabama through obesity reduction and prevention efforts."

Purpose Statement

"The Alabama Obesity Task Force works through collaboration, programs, policy and environmental changes to support and promote healthy lifestyles."

The Alabama Obesity Task Force is a volunteer membership organization that addresses obesity through advocacy, changes and programs. Please read our brochure (2 MB) for more information on the goals and objectives of the Alabama Obesity Task Force.

If you would like to be a part of the Task Force, please complete the application form and submit it via email.

Obesity and Disease

When the body has excess weight, referred to as obesity, it inhibits some of its normal functions and can lead to health problems. In fact, obesity can put a person at a high risk for many diseases including heart disease, stroke, hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, liver and gallbladder disease, certain cancers such as endometrial, breast, and colon cancer and many more health issues. Excess weight can cause a buildup of plaque in the arteries that can lead to coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. Obesity increases blood fats such as triglycerides and cholesterol. It also can add extra weight on the joints causing pain and leading to diseases such as osteoarthritis. There can be extra fat around the neck, narrowing the airway and causing sleep apnea. Obesity is an expensive disease and  is highly associated with many diseases that are the leading causes of preventable death. In 2008, medical care costs related to obesity reached $147 billion in the US.

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

A major goal of the Alabama Obesity Task Force was to develop and implement a comprehensive, realistic state plan that will 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. You can read the plan in its entirety at the link below.

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

Wellness Program Guide

The Obesity Task Force designed this Wellness Program Guide for Alabama work sites, but the information can easily be transferred into other settings, such as faith-based or community organizations. The guide provides easy "how to" steps in creating a work site wellness program and includes local testimonies and success stories.

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