Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC plays an active role in ensuring all Americans, no matter who they are or where they live, are able to lead healthy lives

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) seeks to ensure that all Americans can maintain a healthy weight through healthy eating and regular physical activity. DNPAO, which was funded at $56.9 million in FY2019, focuses on the following priorities: increasing breastfeeding support; ensuring access to healthy and affordable foods; and creating opportunities for regular physical activity. It maintains programs in schools, early child care facilities, and communities.

DNPAO also funds programs that address health disparities. For example, the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Program supports local community initiatives prioritizing good nutrition and physical activity in communities whose residents have higher-than-average rates of obesity and chronic disease. 

The CDC also administers the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Prevention Fund), the first mandatory funding stream dedicated to improving our nation’s public health. The Prevention Fund supports health initiatives run by states, counties, cities, non-profit organizations and tribal organizations. Congress appropriated more than $8.1 billion between FY2010 and FY2018 for the Prevention Fund. A variety of Prevention Fund grants have focused on healthy eating and active living — two core pillars of the National Prevention Strategy


• CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity should have adequate resources to support grants to all 50 states to implement multi-sector campaigns to address obesity.

• The CDC’s REACH program should have adequate resources to support programs across the country working to address racial and ethnic health disparities.

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CDC Funding Success Stories

CDC has compiled a list of success stories in healthy food retail, access to fruits and vegetables, physical activity in early care and education settings, physical activity in community settings, and more.

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CDC Funding in the States

States and tribes across the nation receive funding from CDC through REACH, the State Physical Activity and Nutrition Program and the High Obesity Program. CDC maintains a database and an interactive map of their funding. Grantees include state and local health departments, universities, public health institutes, cities, and more.

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Fast Facts


 The CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity received nearly $57 million in funding in FY2019.

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In FY2019, Congress appropriated $15.4 million to the DNPAO’s Healthy Schools Program.

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The CDC’s State Physical Activity and Nutrition program funds statewide initiatives in 16 states and requires all grantees to integrate nutrition and physical activity standards into early child care and education systems and/or supports.

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Data to Share

CDC assists elementary and secondary schools with obesity-prevention efforts through its Healthy Schools program, which emphasizes the importance of leveraging the entire community to help support students and schools.
Several CDC grant programs provide funding, training, or technical assistance to states to help them target early obesity risks by focusing on ECE settings such as the Obesity Mini Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network.