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Arkansas

In Arkansas, 20.2% of youth ages 10 to 17 have obesity, giving Arkansas a ranking of 5 among the 50 states and D.C. This page includes Arkansas data in four areas: the latest data on obesity, diabetes, and hypertension; how federal nutrition policies impact Arkansas; health behaviors and outcomes among high school students; and policies enacted by Arkansas health and prevent obesity.

Childhood Nutrition Data

National programs and policies can make it easier for children to access healthier foods and beverages. The number of children participating in each of these programs varies from state to state. See participation numbers and rates below, or visit the full interactive feature.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

339,463

Arkansas Number of residents participating in in 2020.

72% Percentage of eligible residents participating in 2016.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- Children

172,000

Arkansas Number of participating residents who are children in in 2018.

47.2% Percentage of participants who are children in 2018.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - White

55.3%

Arkansas Percentage of participating households where the head of household is White in in 2018.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - African-American

38.20%

Arkansas Percentage of participating households where the head of household is African-American in in 2018.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - Hispanic

1.7%

Arkansas Percentage of participating households where the head of household is Hispanic in in 2018.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

12,519

Arkansas Number of students participating in in 2019.

Head Start

6,409

Arkansas Number of children participating in in 2019.

42% Percentage of eligible children participating in 2019.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

67,231

Arkansas Number of residents participating in in 2019.

49.3% Percentage of eligible residents participating in 2016.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

55,660

Arkansas Number of students participating, by state in CACFP in 2019.

32,068,037 Total meals served annually in 2019.

National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

312,981

Arkansas Number of children participating in in 2019.

63.6% Percentage of students eligible for free/reduced-price lunch in 2016-17.

Food Insecurity (CFI)

17%

Arkansas Percentage of children who are food insecure in CFI in 2018.

High Schooler Health Data

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) surveys high school students to better understand a variety of health issues and behaviors. This feature includes data related to obesity, nutrition, and physical activity.

Low P.E. Participation
83.3%
Physically active at least 60 minutes
22.7%
High Computer Usage
45.5%
High TV Watching
22.8%
High Soda Consumption
<
23.6%
No Breakfast
16.7%
Low Fruit Consumption
12.3%
Low Vegetable Consumption
12.2%

State Policy Data

In addition to federal policies, states have many of their own policies to make it easier for children to grow up healthy. Below is a selection of policies some states have enacted to support health.

Percentage of eligible schools in the state adopting the community eligibility provision

28.5%

State has regulations requiring licensed ECE programs to make drinking water available to children

Yes

State has licensing laws linked to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) standards that automatically update

Yes

State requires elementary school students to participate in physical education

Yes

State requires high school students to participate in physical education

Yes

State requires middle school students to participate in physical education

Yes

State has statutes or regulations on Safe Routes to School

No

State has adopted a complete streets policy

No

State has healthy food financing funding

Yes

State has laws preempting local policies related to nutrition

No