|HOLLYWOOD, Florida – August 22, 2013 -For 10 years, “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future” has raised awareness about the seriousness of the obesity epidemic, encouraged the creation of a national obesity prevention strategy, and highlighted promising approaches for reversing the epidemic at the state and local level.This year’s report highlights high-impact activities to prevent and reduce obesity by the partners of Broward Regional Health Planning Council’s TOUCH: Transforming Our Community’s Health initiative.According to Michael De Lucca, President and CEO of BRHPC, “Childhood obesity is complex and not easily addressed by any one approach. TOUCH has brought together community-based organizations, multidisciplinary strategies and diverse communities to address the most recognizable factors contributing to childhood obesity.”
Partners in the TOUCH initiative addressing obesity and featured in this report, include: Foundation for a Breastfeeding Culture, South Florida Hospital, Research and Education Foundation, Early Learning Coalition, Family Central, Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth (FLIPANY), Consulting Registered Dietitians, Ruby Natale, PhD, PsyD, Broward County Public Schools, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Children’s Services Council Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, Urban Health Partnerships, Smart Growth Partnership, YMCA of Broward, Broward Community and Family Health Center, Broward Health, Holy Cross Hospital, Memorial Hospital, and Health Foundation of South Florida.
The link to the feature of Broward County’s efforts can be found at: http://healthyamericans.org/health-issues/prevention_story/transforming-our-communitys-health-working-together-to-reduce-childhood-obesity-for-a-healthier-broward-county-florida
and the full report can be found at: http://healthyamericans.org/health-issues/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/TFAH2013FasInFatReport29.pdf and the
F as in Fat is a collaborative project of the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is supported by a grant from the Foundation. Trust for America’s Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.
To learn more about the TOUCH initiative, strategies, partners and plans, contact: Teina Phillips, MPA (954)561-9681 Program Director TPhillips@brhpc.org. Information about Community Transformation Grants, can be found by visiting: www.cdc.gov/communitytransformation.
About Broward Regional Health Planning Council (BRHPC) – Broward Regional Health Planning Council, Inc. (BRHPC) is a not-for-profit, established in 1983, under Florida Statute (408.033), as the legislatively designated Broward County local health planning entity. BRHPC is committed to delivering health and human service innovations at the national, state and local level through planning, direct services, evaluation and capacity building. During the last several years, BRHPC has led statewide collaborative planning activities in partnership with the other ten Florida Local Health Planning Councils.
About TOUCH The Transforming Our Community’s Health (TOUCH) initiative is a true collaborative effort among more than 30 community organizations and coalitions funded by the Affordable Care Act and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that support efforts to reduce health disparities and improve the health and well-being of those who live, work, learn, play and retire in Broward County. For more information about TOUCH, please contact TOUCH Program Director Teina Phillips email@example.com or at (954) 561-9681.
Made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.