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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 Austin Public Health and staff are 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.

 

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 6 out of every 10 deaths in the county and the county millions 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: Mortality Data, Center for Health Statistics, Texas Department of State Health Services, 2015