Obesity is a major public health problem in Broward and throughout the country. According to the 2015 Broward County Health Needs Assessment, 66% of adults are overweight and 1 in every 7 kids is obese or overweight. The prevalence of chronic diseases linked to the obesity epidemic, like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and cancer, has increased sharply and are the highest among Broward women, as well as our low-income and minority residents.
To empower adults to take control of their health to prevent and reverse life-threatening weight-related illnesses.
Why It Matters
Children born after 2010 will be the first generation in our nation's history to die younger than their parents due to this epidemic. More than $190 billion is now spent nationally every year on weight-related healthcare expenses with chronic obesity related diseases being the second leading cause of death behind smoking cigarettes. WHAT WE'VE LEARNED: Over the past three years, the Foundation has learned that the health of our adult resident's is profoundly shaped by economic factors coupled with medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. In particular, neighborhoods in Broward marked by poverty are cut off from opportunities and resources that promote wellness.