The High Obesity Program (HOP)

Purpose: CDC announces the availability of fiscal year 2023 funds to implement CDC-RFA-DP23-2313: The High Obesity Program (HOP). Poor nutrition and low levels of physical activity affect overall health and are significant risk factors for obesity and other chronic diseases. Obesity in the United States affects 78.6 million (35%) adults and 12.7 million (17%) children and accounts for approximately $147 billion in annual health care costs. HOP works at the county level to implement evidence-based strategies and leverage resources from stakeholders and sectors (e.g., agriculture, transportation, education, business, commerce, and housing) in their populations of focus related to poor nutrition and physical inactivity. This five-year program will fund land grant universities to leverage community extension services to implement evidence-based strategies that improve nutrition, safe and accessible physical activity, including family health weight and early care and education programs in counties with an adult obesity rate of over 40%.  It will carry out activities that can inform future state and local level programmatic efforts and provides continued support to achieve optimal health for all Americans.
Receipt Date:
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Total Awards: $1,200,000
Eligibility: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education. Additional Eligibility Category: Land Grant Universities located in states with eligible counties are eligible to apply for funding No more than one land grant university per state will receive funding. A table of states and the number of eligible counties, defined as “counties with over 40% adult obesity prevalence” which for this NOFO have been based on 2020 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Systems Data and is provided below.   A detailed table listing each eligible county can be found here.  States are not listed in the table below if they donot have one or more counties with adult obesity prevalence over 40%. Counties with Adult Obesity Prevalence over 40%*  State* Number of Counties (% of Counties in State) State* Number of Counties (% of Counties in State) Alabama 36 (54%) Missouri 22 (19%) Alaska 2 (7%)   Nebraska 3 (3%) Arkansas 22 (29%) New Mexico 1 (3%) Florida 2 (3%) North Carolina 13 (13%) Georgia 54 (34%) North Dakota 3 (6%) Illinois 3 (3%)   Ohio 16 (18%) Indiana 22 (24%) Oklahoma 28 (36%) Iowa 10 (10%) South Carolina 24 (52%) Kansas 12 (11%) South Dakota 7 (11%) Kentucky 47 (39%) Tennessee 10 (11%) Louisiana 35 (55%) Texas 40 (16%) Maryland 1 (4%) Virginia 24 (18%) Michigan 7 (8%) Washington 1 (3%) Minnesota 1 (1%) West Virginia 25 (45%) Mississippi 54 (66%) Wisconsin 2 (3%) *Source data in the table above is from CDC PLACES using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, CDC, 2020   Small area estimates derived from methodology described in:  Greenlund KJ, Lu H, Wang Y, Matthews KA, LeClercq JM, Lee B, et al. PLACES: Local Data for Better Health. Prev Chronic Dis 2022;19:210459. DOI:
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