The purpose of the CMA Foundation’s
Obesity Prevention Project is to reduce the prevalence of
overweight and obesity in children and their families. The
Obesity Prevention Project will carry out its purpose by giving
physicians access to and assistance with:
- Education and Community Outreach
- Policy Advocacy
- Provider Resources
Please visit our Speakers Bureau Database for opportunities to get involved in obesity prevention efforts in your community!
The Speakers Bureau Database is designed for Physician Champions and Community-based Organizations looking to work together to build healthy communities.
AVAILABLE! - Obesity Prevention Project Monograph
AVAILABLE! - Obesity Provider Toolkits
The odds seem stacked against us, our children, our families
and our communities in the battle against obesity. As a
nation, we are more overweight than ever before, leading
to higher rates of many chronic disease, disability, and
premature death. Our children are poised to be the first
generation to have shorter life spans than their parents.
At the same time, physical education in our schools is on
the decline; the supply of fresh fruits and vegetables is
insufficient in many neighborhoods, and technology has helped
to create a sedentary society. In fact, physical activity
is simply not a priority for the majority of U.S. residents
--and it shows.
Education is a critical first step for all of us to be able
to care for the health of our families and communities. The
impact of poor diet and physical inactivity on the increase
of overweight and obesity across the United States makes education
even more important today. In order to reverse this trend,
every organization that can add its voice to these efforts
must do so. This need has provided the stimulus for the CMA
Foundation to create a program to bring the knowledge and
resources of community healthcare providers to this fight.
Through diverse partnerships with businesses, government,
health plans, community organizations and others, the CMA
Foundation will utilize physicians’ expertise and credibility
to maximize their impact on the obesity epidemic.