Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Program
In July 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded
$443,005 per year to the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Division
of Public Health, to plan a comprehensive nutrition and physical activity
program for Wisconsin. In July 2008, a second round of funding was granted
to implement programs through 2013. This 5-year grant was increased to
$833,805 per year. The grant funding has focused on the following
Develop a Statewide Nutrition, Physical Activity and
infrastructure at the State level.
Collaborate and coordinate with State and local government and private
partners, including members of the population, throughout the planning
process for the development of the Wisconsin Nutrition, Physical
Activity and Obesity Plan.
Develop and implement a State Nutrition,
Physical Activity and Obesity Plan to prevent and control obesity and other chronic
Identify, assess and utilize Wisconsin data sources and research to
define and monitor the burden of obesity and to assure the development
of an evidence-based State Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Plan.
Implement and evaluate interventions to prevent obesity and other
Evaluate progress and impact of the State plan and intervention
Other funding and initiatives have occurred since the
initial grant and the expanded scope of the program is reflected in the
Activity and Obesity Program
The Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Program is a 5-year
grant funded program to decrease obesity in Wisconsin. The grant
is used to develop a Statewide Nutrition and Physical Activity Program
infrastructure at the State level and coordinate statewide efforts
through a state plan and development of key resources and partnerships.
Staff Listing and Roles
Mary Pesik, Program Coordinator
Jon Morgan, Physical Activity Coordinator
Kelli Stader, Nutrition Coordinator
Abigail Jackson, Office Associate
Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) State Component 2010-12
The CPPW Component II Project was a 2-year grant to implement a
high impact systems or environmental change strategy.
Wisconsin’s strategy was to change the amount of and the quality of
daily physical activity in schools (K-12) and regulated childcare (group and
family). Local-level and state-level
strategies were used to achieve the goal of providing at least 60
minutes of physical activity daily.
Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) Community Component 2010-12
The ARRA Community Component Project was a 2-year grant to create
healthier communities through sustainable, evidence-based approaches to improve
the availability of healthy food and beverages, and to increase physical
activity. LaCrosse County
and Wood County were the two communities selected and they implemented a number of
physical activity and nutrition strategies in their communities. A few of
the approaches included:
Safe Routes to School
Farm to School
(Archived and Upcoming)
and Media Materials page for recent webinars
A general overview of the
Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (NPAO) Program can be found
in the program General
Fact Sheet (PDF, 462 KB).
Resources developed by the program can be found on various pages on the
website by looking at the topic or setting. A full list of resources
has been catalogued in the NPAO
Program Resources document (PDF, 405 KB).
- Choose fruits and vegetables
- Choose whole grains
Eat in moderation
Choose healthy beverages
Choose to breast feed
Children and Adolescents
At least 60 minutes of aerobic
activity per day for children
Vigorous activity at least
Strengthening exercises at
Average 150 minutes of
moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of intense aerobic
activity per week. Spread the activity across the week so
you are active most days of the week.
Additional health benefits are
provided by doubling the totals to 300 minutes of moderate
and 150 minutes of intense activity.
Strengthening exercises at
||From the 2008 Physical
Activity Guidelines for America
It is a Balance.
Achieving a healthy weight and being fit includes choosing healthy foods
and being physically active on a regular basis. The equation is
simple…calories in (food intake) = calories out (energy expended) to
maintain weight. To lose weight, calories expended must be greater than
calories eaten. It is really a balance! That is why it is important not to tip the scale where
you eat more calories than you burn. When we tip the scale, we may be
at-risk for gaining weight. This means that we may eat too many calories or
more than our body needs, or it may mean that we are not burning calories
because we are not being physically active.
Eating healthy is not a form of dieting; it is a change in your
lifestyle. Use the U. S. Dietary Guidelines and the Food Guide Pyramid can
help guide your healthy food choices.
64% of Wisconsin adults are overweight or obese and the number is
rising. (CDC BRFSS, 2011)
25% of Wisconsin high school students are overweight or at risk of
becoming overweight and the number is rising. (CDC YRBS, 2011)
The obesity rate among Wisconsin adults has more than doubled from 1990 to 2002.
(CDC BRFSS, 1990, 2011)
Adult activity levels have remained virtually unchanged over time,
while children’s levels have declined. Only about ˝ of WI adults meet
minimum activity levels (CDC BRFSS, CDC YBRS).
Poor diet and physical inactivity are the second leading underlying cause
of death behind only tobacco use. Furthermore, obesity and inactivity are
projected to surpass tobacco as the leading cause of death in the next
couple of years. Obesity and an inactive lifestyle are connected to an
increased risk for the following diseases:
Cardiovascular disease and stroke
Some types of cancer (such as endometrial, breast, prostate, and
and a number of other diseases
The Nutrition and Physical Activity Program will incorporate the
parameters that have been established for the National Program. These include:
Employ an integrated approach to obesity prevention and control using
both nutrition and physical activity strategies.
Adopt a social ecological model that addresses the obesity epidemic
beyond individual responsibility and that recognizes the importance of
environmental and policy issues that affect and sustain behavior.
Apply the theories and techniques of social marketing to identify
target populations and select interventions that will encourage high
participation rates initially and address how to maintain participation
Use evidence-based and promising strategies to achieve better health.
Conduct strong evaluation to assess the effectiveness of
Build on federal funding to mobilize additional resources through
strong partnerships with a wide range of organizations and agencies.
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