Overweight and Obesity Prevention

Minnesota Obesity Plan

Overview

  • Why have a Minnesota plan to reduce obesity?
  • What is the focus of the Obesity Plan?
  • How will the plan be implemented?
  • Why have a Minnesota plan to reduce obesity?

Obesity is one of the most serious public health concerns facing our state today. Being overweight or obese contributes to numerous health conditions that limit the quality and length of life for people in Minnesota.

Obesity also places an unsustainable burden on our health care system, disables many workers and reduces the productivity of our state;s economy.

A long-term, sustainable solution that focuses on our environment and changes to policies and systems is required to reduce the risk of obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases over the next decade. The Minnesota Plan to Reduce Obesity and Obesity-Related Chronic Diseases 2008-2013 (Obesity Plan) helps fulfill this need by:

  1. providing a vision for obesity prevention and treatment;
  2. helping stakeholders to stay focused and to prioritize;
  3. encouraging collaboration to maximize opportunities and impact;
  4. recommending actions for all sectors within the state; and
  5. evaluating what has been accomplished and what work is left to be done.

What is the focus of the Obesity Plan?

The goals outlined in the Obesity Plan aim to reduce obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases by focusing on:

    1. improving healthy eating,
    2. increasing physical activity; and
    3. supporting healthy weight-promoting behaviors

The plan is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather it is created to inspire much-needed change. The objectives and strategies outlined in the plan are purposely written at a high-level to allow for a broad range of creative solutions, yet ensure that efforts across the state are collaborative and complementary.

How will the plan be implemented?

Solutions to reversing the obesity epidemic are not simple. The increase in obesity results from a complex interplay of environmental, social, economic, genetic and behavioral factors.

Because of the multifactorial nature of obesity, many stakeholders and partners across the state will be required to help formulate a variety of approaches to obesity prevention. Our success will require collaboration; financial support; dedication to research and evaluation; commitment to communicating lessons learned; avoiding duplication; and making the best use of available resources.

The support of people in Minnesota – along with their state, county and local government leaders—will also be crucial to reversing the rising trend of obesity. Minnesota’s environment must be transformed so that it supports people’s healthy choices and promotes the skills needed to foster healthy lifestyles throughout the lifespan.