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Entries in STOP Obesity Alliance (3)


IHRSA Joins Forces with D.C.’s STOP Obesity Alliance

IHRSA is now one of the newest members of the STOP Obesity Alliance, a Washington, DC-based group that advocates for legislation to shrink the nation’s ever-growing waistline. The STOP Obesity Alliance is made up of consumer, provider, government, labor, business, health insurers and quality-of-care organizations all working to change the way the US addresses obesity.

As an associate member, we will add our voices to substantive discussions related to the fight against obesity through inclusion in Alliance Task Forces, participation in public events and internal communications.

"IHRSA is proud to be a new addition to the group and is excited to be the voice of the health and fitness industry in all discussions,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA President and CEO.


STOP Obesity Alliance Encourages Hospitals to Address Physical Inactivity

The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance is encouraging non-profit hospitals to address obesity and encourage greater physical activity in their communities. This recommendation offers an opportunity for medical professionals to strengthen relationships with local health clubs.

Per health care reform, nonprofit hospitals are required to perform an assessment of their communities health needs. With obesity affecting more than one-third of adults and 17 percent of children in the United States, the STOP Obesity Alliance released five research-based, consensus recommendations to help guide nonprofit hospitals in developing programs that address obesity in their communities.

One recommendation is to “encourage interventions and create environments and systems that support active living as well as moderate-vigorous physical activity to improve health, independent of weight loss.” Read the full press release here.


United States of Obesity: How States Are Grappling with Cost

The STOP Obesity Alliance recently issued a bulletin on what U.S. states are doing to combat the cost of obesity. In the report, the Alliance identifies several trends, including legislation to enhance community infrastructure to increase access to exercise and consolidate obesity reduction efforts.

According to the Alliance’s report: 

  • Public health organizations are beginning to recognize that utilizing families in childhood obesity solutions is critical because of strong links between parent and child obesity.
  • There is a great need for consolidating obesity efforts. Most states have created some version of a coalition or task force, but these smaller groups tend to fragment and slow progress.
  • Majority of bills introduced to address obesity emphasized creating more supportive environments for healthy choices. “Of the obesity bills that passed, the majority focused on prevention, including creating healthy food environments, improving school nutrition, supporting local agriculture, and encouraging physical activity through creating safe neighborhoods and improved access to existing infrastructure,” said the report.

Read the full report here (PDF).