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The American Obesity Foundation (“AOF”) is at the forefront of the fight against an obesity epidemic that has impacted our country, especially in under-served and most vulnerable neighborhoods. AOF seeks to promote healthy nutritional options at home, school, work, houses of worship, and the community as a whole by breaking down mental, emotional, social and physical challenges in under-served communities.

Programs, Services & Initiatives

In response to the ongoing obesity problem, AOF’s primary goal is, to prevent obesity and obesity-related diseases, particularly, among children and adolescents most at-risk for poor health. Some of our community wellness initiatives include the following:

Good Neighbor Food Program
a) Expand high-quality nutritional resources to kids and their families
b) Promote self-sufficiency, food literacy, information, understanding of food labels, meal preparation skills, in partnership with SNAP and WIC.

Mindfulness Behavioral Initiative
Focused on positive mental and life outlook; mind-body relationship, including lifestyle choices, relationships with food and other people, stress reduction and management, especially in a COVID-19 crisis.

The initiative’s aim is to reduce and prevent obesity by promoting a healthy nutritious diet to include fresh fruits, herbs, vegetables, and freshly brewed juices. Your food choices each day affect your health — how you feel today, tomorrow and in the future. Combined with physical activity, nutrition has been shown to directly correlate with eliminating the risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung disease, hypertension and other disorders. Recent research has also indicated that obesity can be linked to certain cancer diagnosis. 

Childhood Obesity & Type-2 Diabetes Prevention Program
* Houses of Faith Health-Is-Wealth Program
* Pets-N-Owners Stay-Fit Initiative
* Nile-America & Healthy Kitchens Initiative
* Mother-Infant Obesity Prevention Workshop
Campaign to remove snacks/soda vending machines in all under-served schools
Campaign to increase Farmer’s Markets in low income neighborhoods
* Campaign to enhance the built environment: more open, safe and clean spaces for kids and their families to improve physical activities.

Future Initiative
Through community partnerships and philanthropy, AOF plans to open a Food Pantry that will distribute food to the needy which are low in salt, sugar, trans-fat, oil and artificial sweeteners.

Obesity Facts

  • Childhood Obesity affects 12.7 million (17%) of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years.
  • Adulthood Obesity leads to obesity-related conditions such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, which affects more than one-third (78.6 million) of U.S. adults 
  • Prevention is influenced by many society factors, including families, communities, schools, child care settings, medical care providers, faith-based institutions, government agencies, the media, the food/beverage and entertainment industries.