September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in communities all across the country. Jacksonville is not immune to the threats posed by the rising rates of overweight children and their families. According to the Duval County Public Health Statistics and Assessment Reports on Physical Activity and Dietary Behavior (2013), 29.2 percent of high school students in Duval County consider themselves to be overweight or obese, which is above the national average, along with the 26.3 percent of high school students in Florida who consider themselves overweight or obese.
HJCOPC.org – the online resource for healthy and active kids in Duval County
Welcome to the Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (HJCOPC) website. This site is designed to serve as a resource for information related to childhood obesity prevention in Duval County and to share the work of HJCOPC and its member organizations who are working to create an active and healthy community for all children throughout Northeast Florida.
Creating Connections for Neighborhood Change
In Jacksonville neighborhoods, the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities partnership is working directly with residents and youth to create healthy spaces to play and access fresh and healthy food. Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is helping dozens of communities across the country to reshape their environments to support healthy living and prevent childhood obesity.
Introducing the 2013 Stories From the Field Report
Introducing the 2013 Stories From the Field Report, a bi-annual report that illustrates the synergy fostered among community partners in efforts to combat childhood obesity in Duval County. In these pages, you’ll find the bright spots in the battle against childhood obesity; specific examples illustrate how we are
positively engaging families, educators, health professionals, community groups, policymakers and business leaders to make Duval County a healthy place for our children.