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The Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (DNPA) leads Indiana’s strategic public health efforts to prevent and decrease overweight and obesity through policy and environmental changes that will result in improved access to healthy foods and increased opportunities for physical activity.

Vital to this effort is the Indiana Healthy Weight Initiative, Indiana’s public health response to the growing need for more communities and settings that support the Initiative’s mission, to enhance the health and quality of life of Hoosiers by promoting good nutrition, regular physical activity, and a healthy weight through policy, environment, and lifestyle change.

Indiana’s Comprehensive Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan, 2010-2020 (Indiana Obesity Prevention Plan), launched in January 2011, will guide Indiana’s efforts to create the infrastructure to support the Plan’s implementation and evaluation.  The Indiana Obesity Prevention Plan is a call to action for individuals and organizations to collaborate and coordinate efforts to reach a common vision—an Indiana where all Hoosiers practice and enjoy a lifestyle of healthy eating and physical activity within an environment that supports health, wellness, and vitality.  


Vision


All Hoosiers practice and enjoy a lifestyle of healthy eating and physical activity within an environment that supports health, wellness, and vitality.


Mission


To enhance the health and quality of life of Hoosiers by promoting good nutrition, regular physical activity, and a healthy weight through policy, environment, and lifestyle change.


The Initiative's Key Activities

  • Organizing and maintaining the Indiana Healthy Weight Initiative Task Force.

  • Implementing and evaluating Indiana’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan, 2010-2020 (the Plan). The goals, objectives, and strategies of the Plan focus on public health approaches that can affect large numbers of Indiana residents in their communities and settings (e.g., child care, schools, worksites, health care, etc.). Policy and environmental changes in the Plan seek to make healthy foods and physical activity choices more available, accessible, and affordable for all.

  • Maintaining the Indiana Healthy Weight Initiative Website which provides resources, technical assistance and training for statewide partners. The Website also provides a venue for statewide partners and communities to share success stories and lessons learned on their obesity prevention activities. 

Learn more about the Initiative, the Plan, and tools and resources at the Indiana Healthy Weight Initiative Website.