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CPPW BRFSS: Miami-Dade County

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Community Profile - Obesity Prevention


Miami-Dade County, Florida, is tackling obesity throughout the community, which is home to more than 2.5 million residents.  The rate of obesity and overweight adults in the county is 66.3%.  Ten percent (10%) of high-school students are obese and only 12% attend daily physical-education classes at school, which is lower than the state rate of 44%.

Poor diet and physical inactivity contribute to the obesity problem.  Only 22.1% of adults in the county consume the recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables, and 28.9% of the adult population reported no physical activity in the last 30 days, which is higher than the national rate of 24%.


Community changes will help build a healthier Miami-Dade County and create a more satisfying place to live, work, and play.  More bike paths and increased access to local parks and recreation facilities will make physical activity the norm among county residents.  Fresh, healthy foods and beverages will be more available in school cafeterias, convenience stores, and vending machines.  Baby-Friendly Hospitals will promote the health benefits of breast-feeding and offer resources on breast-feeding to new mothers.  In strengthening the Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade, the local community will enhance its focus on obesity prevention at all levels.

For more information on Miami-Dade County's CPPW efforts, please visit:

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