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The Obesity Epidemic

Healthy Places, Healthy People envisions a community where healthy foods are available in every neighborhood, schools are a place to learn lifelong healthy habits, workplaces understand that healthy employees are productive employees, parks encourage safe and healthy play, and sidewalks and bike lanes welcome families and commuters.

Healthy Places, Healthy People (HPHP) brings together local coalitions, businesses, non-profits, schools and everyday people to create lasting changes that make it easier for everyone to be healthier. The HPHP initiative is housed within the Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Department and staff is ready to work directly with you to make healthy changes happen.

HPHP is founded on the principle that many of the root causes of poor health are due to the way our environment is shaped around us; in our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces and schools. By working together to change these spaces, we can make opportunities for active living and healthy eating available to everyone.

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In Travis County, about two-thirds of adults and one-fifth of youth are overweight or obese. Having a healthy weight can help prevent chronic diseases, which account for about 3 out of every 4 deaths, and are literally costing Texans billions of dollars each year. Travis County residents pay an extra $751 each year through taxes and insurance premiums, in order to cover healthcare costs related to preventable disease. We must act together, now.

 

Together, we have the power to create a healthier Austin/Travis County.

Our staff are dedicated to working with you, step-by-step, to identify opportunities for healthy change and to make those changes happen. Let us share our resources and expertise with you to improve the health of the places we live, learn, work and play.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can partner together, contact us at HPHP@austintexas.gov or (512) 972-6460.

 

Source: Texas Department of State Health Services, “Chronic Disease in Texas: A Surveillance Report Of Disease Indicators” (Austin, Texas, December 2006), p. 4, (Last visited January 4, 2008.)