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RECOGNIZE OBESITY AS A COMPLEX DISEASE, WITH STRONG ADVERSEHEALTH EFFECTS, ESTABLISH DIAGNOSIS CODES, AND REQUIRE COVERAGE FOR PREVENTION, SCREENING, DIAGNOSIS AND MULTI-TREATMENT PROGRAMS THAT ARE COUPLED TO MEASUREMENT OF HEALTH OUTCOMES. THIS MEANS:

  • Establish reimbursement codes for diagnosis and effective treatments

  • Establish coverage by federal health insurance programs and incentivizing private insurers to pay for a broad spectrum of obesity prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment services

  • Include payment for services that focus on lifestyle modification, environmental improvements, medical- and technology-based interventions and multi-factorial approaches.

  • Support personalized, tailored approaches based on the unique clinical and biological characteristics of obesity in different subgroups

SUBSTANTIALLY INCREAS E FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR BASIC, CLINICAL, EPIDEMIOLOGICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH FOCUSED ON OBES ITY ACROSS ALL AGENCIES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BRING IT IN LINE WITH INVESTMENTS AIMED AT SOLVING OTHER MAJOR MEDICAL PROBLEMS .

ENSURE THAT ALL FOODS IN SCHOOLS MEET THE DIETARY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICANS. THIS INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Eliminating the sale of unhealthy foods through a la carte, school stores, vending, and

other venues outside of the federally funded school meal programs

  • Improving the nutritional quality of school meals

  • Increasing access to nutritious foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains

REDUCE THE MARKETING OF UNHEALTHY FOODS AND INCREASE THE MARKETING OF HEALTHY, CULTURALLY RELEVANT FOODS. THIS INCLUDES , BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Expanding and strengthening nutrition education in federal food and nutrition programs, school curricula, and community programs

  • Limiting marketing of unhealthy foods in schools

  • Funding, conducting and evaluating new and established multi-level, integrated, national campaigns to promote healthy eating.

INCREASE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN SCHOOLS. THIS MEANS THROUGH:

  • Re-authorized PEP at higher funding levels

  • Encouraging Physical Education standards

CREATE A BUILT ENVIRONMENT THAT SUPPORTS PHYSICALLY ACTIVE LIFESTYLES.

THIS

MEANS:

  • Include key new initiatives in the reauthorization of the Transportation Act.

  • Provide incentives and assistance to states and localities to incorporate physical activity

into coordinated community planning.

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