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Promoting Healthy Weight: Local Health Departments Take Action

Vol. 14

Rates of overweight and obesity in the U.S. are fast rising and crosscutting, without respect for age, gender, race, culture, ethnicity. Adverse impacts linked to overweight and obesity suggest a public health approach is needed. CityMatCH membership concurs: the most recent embership assessment verifi ed that healthy weight is a top priority for their health departments.

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