Since 2001, business, nonprofit and health care organizations have been united in addressing the growing epidemic of childhood obesity in Jacksonville. Understanding that obesity is a complex health issue with multiple root causes, the Coalition has developed a holistic community approach to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity in Duval County. Building on the 2009 Healthy Kids, Healthy Jacksonville: A Community Call to Action To Reduce Childhood Obesity, a report that represents the collective efforts of more than 100 HJCOPC partners, the Call to Action provides an in-depth look at the issue, defines priority actions and steps to be taken to reduce—and ultimately reverse—the trend of childhood obesity.
The initiatives set forth in the Call to Action continue to serve as the framework for improving the health of our community and our children. Today, grant recipients and Coalition partners are making significant strides to reverse the trend of obesity in our youth. Children are gaining greater access to healthy food, living active lifestyles, receiving proper nutrition from birth and much more.
“We are proud to recognize the work of the Coalition through the Embrace A Healthy Florida grant program,” said Susan Towler, Vice President of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation. “The grant recipients are providing innovative resources, that will have a lasting effect in helping our youth become strong healthy adults.”
About the Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition
The Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (HJCOPC) engages citizens, business leaders and community organizations in a collaborative effort to raise awareness and reduce childhood obesity. The HJCOPC seeks to create a cultural and active environment to support healthy lifestyles for Duval County children and their families.
Visit the Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition website at http://hjcopc.org/
Healthy Jacksonville is an initiative of the Duval County Health Department and is the parent organization of Healthy Jacksonville Community Coalitions. The purpose of Healthy Jacksonville is to engage citizens and health professionals to improve the health of Duval County residents. Using the framework of Healthy People 2020, Healthy Jacksonville, via community coalitions, utilizes the tools of advocacy, expert knowledge, community outreach, policy development and environmental change to make a lasting, positive impact upon the health of our citizens.