States with counties that have an adult obesity prevalence of over 40% are eligible to apply for the grant.
On January 18, 2023, the CDC announced new funding for the High Obesity Program (HOP). This program works at a state level to employ evidence-based strategies focusing on poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and obesity related to health disparities.
According to the announcement, 41.9% of adults and 19.7% of children in the US have obesity. In addition, obesity accounts for about $147 billion in healthcare costs annually.
The HOP works with counties that have an adult obesity prevalence of over 40%. Currently, 30 states have counties that meet this requirement. States with the highest obesity prevalence include Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia.
From 2014–2018, the HOP increased access to healthier foods for over 1.5 million people and expanded access to physical activity for nearly 1.6 million individuals in the US — primarily in rural areas.
The HOP will fund land grant universities to leverage community-level evidence-based strategies for food and nutrition security, safe and accessible physical activity, family healthy weight programs, and early care and education settings.
The program will run for five years starting on August 30, 2023. However, the program length is dependent on the continued availability of funding.
In qualifying states, public and state-controlled universities are eligible to apply. Still, the CDC says no more than one land grant university per state will receive funding.
Applications for the HOP grant opportunity are due no later than March 21, 2023.