Prevention Agenda 2013-2017: A Plan for Overweight and Obesity Prevention

The Prevention Agenda 2013-2017 is the blueprint for state and local action to improve the health of New Yorkers in five priority areas and to reduce health disparities for racial, ethnic, disability, socioeconomic and other groups who experience them.

Preventing Chronic Diseases is one of the five priority areas of the Prevention Agenda which includes Focus Area 1: Reduce Obesity in Children and Adults. The Preventing Chronic Diseases Action Plan suggests ways local health departments, hospitals and partners from the health, business, education and nonprofit organizations can work together.

The focus area to reduce obesity in children and adults, and its accompanying goals, includes the objectives and indicators that will be used to measure the State’s progress. A subset of these objectives will be tracked and published electronically in yearly reports for the State and counties (where county data is available). Indicators that will track the State’s progress towards reducing health disparities are noted in the Action Plan.

The Action Plan recommends interventions to address each focus area and related goals. Many of these interventions for consideration are intended for community level action; which interventions are selected by a community will depend on that community’s needs and circumstances.

The causes of obesity in the US and NYS are complex, occurring at social, economic, environmental and individual levels. There is no single solution sufficient to turn the tide on this epidemic. Successful prevention efforts will require multiple strategies, such as national, State and local policies and environmental changes that promote and support more healthful eating and active living and that reach large numbers of children and adults. All organizations, or sectors, must play a role to effectively implement these interventions. These sectors include the health care delivery system; employers, business and unions; media; academia; community-based health and human service agencies; State and local government and non-governmental public health; other government agencies; policymakers and elected officials; and communities; and philanthropy. Activities taken by these different sectors to accomplish the objectives are listed for each goal area.

To read more about the Prevention Agenda 2013-2017 and the Preventing Chronic Diseases Action Plan visit: