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DOH Seeks Input from Community Organizations to Help Fight Obesity

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Input will be used to assist the department in evaluating the District’s overall progress toward addressing the eight goals of the District of Columbia’s Overweight and Obesity Action Plan.

The District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH) is the lead agency in the fight against overweight and obesity in the District. The DOH programs within the Community Health Administration seek to improve collaboration with key community stakeholders in efforts to increase physical activity and healthy eating in all residents and decrease the rates and burden of chronic disease.

In order to improve services, DOH needs your help! As part of the annual program review, DOH is seeking input from public and private agencies/organizations that provide services to all District residents. Your input will assist the department in evaluating the District’s overall progress toward addressing the eight goals of The District of Columbia’s Overweight and Obesity Action Plan.

  1. Schools and Child Care Facilities
  2. Medical and Health Services
  3. Food Retail and Food Service Establishments
  4. Physical Activity
  5. Worksites
  6. Faith-based Institutions
  7. Overarching Support Systems and Infrastructure

Attached is a template for you/your organization to complete (1) describing your current programs and outcomes and (2) identifying which of the eight goals, objectives and strategies of the Obesity Action Plan that best describes your program. Also attached is each of the action plans’ goals and corresponding objectives and strategies for quick reference. You must complete a separate form for each of the priority areas your organization seeks to impact.

The information provided from each organization will be used to create an inventory of existing programs in the District and will serve as a roadmap for DOH to fill gaps in services for the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity.

As noted completed forms should be returned to Autumn Saxton-Ross via email at [email protected] or via mail at 899 North Capitol Street, NE, 3rd Floor, Washington DC, 20002 no later than April 22, 2011.