Goal: Promote health and reduce overweight and obesity through the consumption of healthy foods.
What’s the Problem?
There is strong scientific support for the benefits of eating healthy foods. Between 2011-2015, heart disease was the leading cause of death and the fourth leading cause of hospital visits in Cobb County. Consuming healthy foods and maintaining a healthy body weight will reduce the risk of heart disease as well as other major health issues such as overweight and obesity, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
Learn more about Healthy Eating as a public health issue.
Social and Community Context
Neighborhood and Built Environment
What Are We Doing About It?
Here is how we can work together to increase healthy eating in our community:
- Increase access to healthy and affordable foods in food desert communities.
- Check out Farm Fresh, a Cobb2020 initiative that seeks to increase access to healthy and affordable foods in food desert communities
- Increase community knowledge on recognizing appropriate portions and making healthy food and beverage choices.
- Check out USDA’s MyPlate website for new healthy eating recommendations.
- Increase organizational and programmatic changes focused on healthy eating.
- Check out American Heart Association’s Healthy Workplace Food and Beverage Toolkit, created to help organizations improve their food environment.
Click here for the current community metrics.
Click here for the Healthy Eating Action Plan.
Want to help us increase healthy eating in Cobb County?
Get in touch with someone from the Implementation Team, and find out how YOU can get involved in your community!