Obesity has been on the rise in the United States over the past three decades, and is high. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) promotes evidence-based and practice-informed strategies to address nutrition and physical activity environments and behaviors. To provide health practitioners with a systematic approach to program planning using a health equity lens, CDC (2012) developed the Health Equity Resource Toolkit for State Practitioners Addressing Obesity Disparities.
The Toolkit’s primary focus is on how to create policy, systems, and environmental changes that will reduce obesity disparities and achieve health equity. The Toolkit provides evidence-informed and real-world examples of addressing disparities by illustrating how the concepts presented can be promoted in programs to achieve health equity using three evidence-informed strategies as examples.