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CPPW BRFSS: Pinellas County

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Community Profile - Obesity Prevention

Overview

Pinellas County, Florida, is tackling obesity throughout the community of approximately 909,000 residents.  More than 63% of Pinellas County adults are overweight or obese, which is higher than the state average of overweight or obese adults.  It is estimated that approximately 29.5%-33.5% of 2-4 year olds and 25%-29.9% of high-school students in Pinellas County are overweight or obese.

The disproportionate burden of obesity on certain ethnic and racial populations is also a concern.  In the state of Florida, approximately 21% of white adults are obese, compared with roughly 35% of African- American adults and 26% of Hispanic adults.  In addition to obesity-prevention efforts aimed at Pinellas County's general population, certain initiatives target these high-risk groups.

Vision

Community changes will help build a healthier Pinellas County and create a more satisfying place to live, work, and play.  Pinellas County aspires to create an environment where parents walk their children to school instead of driving them. Streets will accommodate walkers, runners, and bikers instead of just automobiles.  Community members will take advantage of wellness programs offered by their employers and will find healthy drinks and snacks in their office vending machines.  As healthy choices become more available, they will also become the norm.

For more information on Pinellas County's CPPW efforts, please visit: