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Being overweight or obese increases a person’s risk for depression, discrimination and chronic diseases including coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers. These risks are increasing at an alarming rate for both adults and children.

The Oregon Public Health Division works with counties, tribes, schools, employers, health care providers and many other community partners to give people living in Oregon the chance to eat more fruits, vegetables and other nutrient-rich foods, and increase access to affordable physical activity opportunities. Doing so is the best way to fight obesity. Our surrounding environments affect our food choices and our opportunities to be physically active. These environments where we work, live and play directly contribute to our ability to balance healthy eating with physical activity.

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This toolkit provides information that local public health departments and community partners can use to foster conversation and build collaborations for health promotion and obesity prevention in their communities.
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Almost 20 percent of Oregon 2-year-olds watch two or more hours of television in a typical day, according to an Oregon report published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
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In the toolkit: find a farmers market, community tools, client counseling, consumer resources, food and nutrition information, food security, poverty, and obesity, physical activity resources, policy issues and resources for schools.
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Agendas, minutes and the Policy Recommendation from the SB 931 Obesity Prevention Task Force: a 13-member group created by the 2007 Legislature to study obesity prevention and treatment and to develop ways to decrease the burden of obesity in Oregon.