Small changes can lead to good health. For you. For your family. For your community, workplace, or place of worship. We've even pulled together a few, simple steps to get you started.
$1.25 Billion. That’s right: billion. With a ‘b.’ That’s the amount of annual obesity-attributable expenditures in Arkansas, of which nearly 40 percent is financed by Medicare and Medicaid.
The good news is reducing the average BMI of Arkansans by only 5 percent could lead to health care savings of more than $2 billion in 10 years and $6 billion in 20 years, while also preventing thousands of cases of stroke, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.
And now, it’s time to fight back. Healthy Active Arkansas is an initiative in partnership with fifteen organizations in Arkansas who are the leaders in the field. With nine achievable priority areas, we’re confident we can see a significant reduction in obesity and obesity-related illness over the next 10 years.
9 Big Ideas
The framework for Healthy Active Arkansas focuses on nine big areas chosen to target all facets of home, work, and everything in between. Explore all nine to find ways to be part of the change.