Combatting Overweight and Obesity in Our Community
In Cobb and Douglas, 37.9% of the adult population is overweight and 23.4% are obese (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, 2014). Obesity and being overweight have been associated with increased risk of certain chronic diseases and other health problems, such as: coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and cholesterol (National Institute of Health Managing Overweight and Obesity: Systematic Evidence Review in Adults, 2013).
Adequate consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables is directly linked with healthier weights and decreased chronic diseases. Lower socio-economic status is linked with poorer nutrition choices due to the expense of many healthier options (USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans Report 2010).
To assist with the betterment of our communities’ health, Cobb and Douglas Public Health through the Cobb 2020 Partnership has collaborated with two local farmers’ market initiatives, Farm Fresh Market and Mableton Farmers Market to promote increased fresh fruit and vegetable access to those with limited availability to supermarkets and those with lower socio-economic status.