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Obesity is a national and local epidemic.  More than half of all adults living in DC are overweight or obese; rates climb to over 72% in the District’s Wards East of the River (Wards 7 and 8).  Racial disparities with regards to obesity in the District are extreme; for example, less than one in every ten White District residents are obese, whereas one in every three African Americans in the District are obese. 

Strategies that make it easier for people to eat healthy foods and be physically active are critical to preventing and reducing obesity and chronic diseases.     

Due to the importance of healthy eating and active living, Bureau of Cancer and Chronic Disease (BCCD) is committed to a range of strategies that promote healthy eating, physical activity, and living well with chronic conditions for all DC residents across the lifespan (babies, toddlers, children, youth, adults, and seniors) in a variety of settings (community, schools, workplaces, clinical, faith based institutions and more).

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Service Contact: 
Department of Health/Community Health Administration
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Contact Phone: 
(202) 442-5925
Contact Fax: 
(202) 442-4947
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Contact Suite #: 
3rd Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday thru Friday 9 am to 5 pm
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Health, Department of

GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE