Obesity is one of the most serious public health concerns facing our state today. Not only does being obese contribute to numerous health conditions that limit the quality and length of life for West Virginians, but obesity places a huge burden on our healthcare system, disables our workforce and reduces our state’s productivity. People of all ages are experiencing increases in weight-related chronic conditions. West Virginia has an epidemic of obesity that is negatively affecting our health, our quality of life and our future. The clock is ticking; we must act now.
Addressing Obesity and Related Chronic Diseases encourages both the public and the private sectors to take action. Creating nutrition and physical activity environments throughout our state that support healthy eating and active living are critical components for combating this epidemic and ensuring progress.
The Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease of the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health brings partners together to work collaboratively toward shared goals, to maximize opportunities and to reduce duplication. This plan encourages policy and environmental changes that support healthy eating, physical activity and achieving or maintaining a healthy weight. The plan represents a collaborative effort of statewide partners, including individuals representing state and local public health, education agencies, community and non-profit organizations, healthcare providers and insurers, worksites, and chronic disease prevention partners – all working to improve the health of people in West Virginia.