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Obesity Prevention and Wellness Program

The Pennsylvania Obesity Prevention and Wellness Program goals are to:

  • Increase health-related physical activity through population-based approaches.
  • Improve those aspects of dietary quality most related to the population burden of chronic disease and unhealthy child development.
  • Decrease prevalence of obesity through preventing excess weight gain and maintenance of healthy weight loss.

Common Modifiable Risk Factors

The causes of chronic disease are well established and a small set of common risk factors are responsible for most of the main chronic diseases. These risk factors are modifiable and the same in men and women:

  1. unhealthy diet;
  2. physical inactivity; and
  3. tobacco use.    

The below links provide further information about obesity trends in Pennsylvania and strategies that are addressing obesity in youth and adults in Pennsylvania.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has additional resources for maintaining a healthy weight and obesity prevention.  

Contact Information:
Obesity Prevention and Wellness Program
PA Department of Health
Room 1000 H & W Building
625 Forster St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0701
Phone: 717-787-5876