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June 19, 2012


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Plan Draft Is Available on Department Website; Comments Due by July 18

MADISON—State health officials today encouraged the public to provide input on a draft of the 2012-2020 Wisconsin Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity State Plan, now available for review on the Department of Health Services (DHS) website. Comments are requested by July 18.

“Obesity is a significant problem in Wisconsin, especially because it contributes to chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease and even cancer,” said Karen McKeown, Wisconsin Division of Public Health Administrator. “We have worked with our partners to develop a draft plan to address the causes of obesity and are now seeking input from traditional and non-traditional partners and individuals statewide.”

The Department is seeking input on all aspects of the plan, but is interested specifically in comments on these topics:

  • The role of the individual and family in the plan. What role should individuals play in their own health? What role should individuals play in improving the health of their communities? 
  • Level of evidence that supports the recommendations. 
  • Feasibility of recommended actions and goals. 
  • Where new regulations are proposed, do the benefits outweigh the costs? Do they focus on outcome objectives or process objectives? Could non-regulatory approaches achieve similar outcomes? 
  • Are there government policies that have an adverse impact on sound nutrition?

To read the draft plan and provide comments, visit

Listen to Karen McKeown, Wisconsin Division of Public Health Administrator, speak about the importance of getting public input on the draft plan. (webcast)

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Last Revised:  June 09, 2014