The number of overweight and obese Americans has reached epidemic proportions: two-thirds of adults and nearly one in three children are overweight or obese. The sobering impact of these numbers is reflected in the nation’s concurrent epidemics of diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.
Both the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity and their associated health problems are important public health goals of the Surgeon General, who is calling on all Americans to balance healthful eating with regular physical activity. Read the publications below to learn how we can become a nation that is both healthy and fit.
|The Surgeon General's Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation||Call to Action||2010|
|The Surgeon General's Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity||Call to Action||2001|
|National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: A statement by Shellie Y. Pfohl, M.S., Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H., Acting Surgeon General||Press Release||2014|
|Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities||Call to Action||2015|
|Step It Up! Everyone Can Help Make Our Communities More Walkable||Call to Action (SG site page)||2015|
|Mall Walking: A Program Resource Guide||Resource||2015|
|National Physical Activity Plan||Resource|
|Surgeon General Announces Winners of Healthy App Challenge||Press Release||2012|
|Surgeon General’s Healthy Apps Challenge: About the Winners||Press Release||2012|
|2017 National Walking Summit||Resource||2017|