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  • Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.
  • More than one-third of U.S. adults and approximately 17% of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese (CDC) External Web Site Icon.
  • Approximately 300,000 deaths per year may be attributable to obesity (Office of the Surgeon General) External Web Site Icon.
  • The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars (Finkelstein et al., 2009).
Summary Table

This summary of CPSTF findings to prevent and control obesity can be used as a reference, included in presentations, or shared with colleagues.

Presentations and Promotional Materials

Community Guide In Action: Stories from the Field

Creating Walkable Communities in Rural North Carolina
Walkable Communities: Video – 8:55 Audio/VideoExternal Web Site Icon

Enhanced Physical Education in Illinois: Improving Health and Reducing Chronic Disease

Evidence-Based Recommendations Get Minnesotans in the Groove

Familias Sanas y Activas: Improving Health among Latinos in San Diego

Healthy Schools Equal Healthy Kids

Investing in Worksite Wellness for Employees

Maryland Businesses Support Worksite Wellness Effort to Combat Chronic Disease

Mobilizing Funding Support to Battle Overweight and Obesity

Putting the Community Guide to Work at Workplaces: Partnering to Reach Employers

Rural Community Works Together to Stay "Fun and Fit"

Using Innovative Technology to Increase Physical Activity

Community Guide News

Developed by The Community Guide

Community Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Behavioral Screen Time Interventions to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Interventions to Get Healthier Foods and Beverages in Schools are Cost-Effective

Interventions to Support Healthier Foods and Beverages in Schools

Worksite Programs Help Employees Lose Weight

One Pagers

Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Screen Time Among Children

Interventions to Increase Availability of Healthier Foods and Beverages in Schools

Worksite Programs

What Works – Fact Sheets

Obesity Prevention and Control

Community Guide Flyer

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Use this quick-read description of the Community Guide as a handout for presentations or as a stand-alone piece for exhibits, webinars, meetings, and conferences. [Two pages, designed to print front-and-back, head-to-head in color, on white 8.5" x 11" paper]


Finkelstein EA, Trogdon JG, Cohen JW, Dietz W. Annual medical spending attributable to obesity: payer-and service-specific estimates. Health Affairs 2009;28(5):w822-31. Available at URL: http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/28/5/w822.full.html External Web Site Icon.

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