In collaboration with statewide partners, DHSS is supporting implementation of the Healthy Lifestyles Initiative/12345 Fit-Tastic within Missouri communities. Communities can collaborate using the MAPPS for Change planning framework to identify and outline actions. This method is useful regarding the prevention, assessment and treatment of child and adolescent overweight and obesity and can be used in a variety of settings.
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Training and technical assistance is available from MCH district nurse consultants.
The Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition (MoCAN) has been helping to coordinate the state’s prevention efforts and implement the state’s obesity prevention plan. Representatives from over 45 organizations sit on the Council and participate in work groups. The work groups are: Policy, Schools and Child Care, Health Care, Messages, Built Environment, Food Systems and Worksites. Find more information about the work of each group.
Maternal Child Health Program
Many Missouri counties have selected obesity as a priority health issue. The local public health agencies (LPHAs) in these counties work on evidence-based system changes that will improve the nutrition and activity status of their residents. The Maternal Child Health contracts have resulted in the creation of walking trails community gardens and breastfeeding-friendly environments, improved school menus and healthy restaurant options and workplaces.