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The Department of Health is engaged in a number of activities to address obesity in the District of Columbia with an emphasis on supporting low-income residents to eat healthier and be more physically active.
DC Fresh! is a DOH program to create a system of mobile healthy and fresh food carts that sell fresh produce and minimally processed foods in high-traffic low-income neighborhoods, especially in Wards 5, 7 and 8. Many of the District’s obesity activities are funded through the CDC’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative.
DOH is working with DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) to implement the Healthy Corner Stores project, targeting 30 corner stores in Wards 5, 7 and 8 to encourage them to sell fresh produce at reduced prices. The DOH provides support through outreach; food demonstrations in stores, recreation centers and other community venues; and nutrition education in collaboration with the SNAP-Ed Program.
DOH has been part of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities (HKHC) collaborative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Now in its fourth year, HKHC aims to reduce, stem or mitigate child obesity through policies that promote healthy eating and active living policies. HKHC is led by SHIRE, Summit Health Institute for Research and Education. For more information, please visit the HKHC webpage.
DOH sponsors the LiveWell DC social marketing campaign and the Live Well DC partnership among District government agencies and community coalition representing diverse constituencies in the District. Healthy eating and physical activity are two main key messages within the LiveWell DC initiative.
Child & Youth Healthy Eating Active Living to Prevent and Reduce Obesity Program - The Program identifies and implements policies and strategy initiatives in various settings (such as schools, communities, health delivery systems) to promote healthy eating and active living for children, youth, and families - with an emphasis on city wards where the obesity rates are highest (Wards 5, 7, and 8).