Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program
The purpose of this statewide project is to prevent and control obesity in Montana through healthful eating and physical activity. To accomplish this goal, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services partners with Montana State University to continue and expand the Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program (NAPA). Working with a broad range of partners and stakeholders, NAPA will implement, evaluate and update the 2006-2010 Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity State Plan to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases. Interventions used to affect the State Plan will operate at all levels of the Socio-Ecological Model but will emphasize evidence-based policy and environmental interventions to achieve the following behaviors:
- Increase physical activity.
- Increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables.
- Decrease the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Increase breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity.
- Reduce the consumption of high energy dense foods.
- Decrease television viewing.
Training, intervention and evaluation activities are undertaken statewide through collaborations with Tribal and County Health Departments. Activities will support the following goals:
- Worksites throughout Montana will provide environments and policies that support employees in achieving/maintaining a healthy weight.
- Restaurants, grocery stores and convenience stores throughout MT will offer, and competitively price and promote, healthy items including: fruits; vegetables; non-sugar-sweetened beverages; and low-energy-dense/high-nutrient items.
- Cities and towns throughout MT will have built environments that promote physical activity by incorporating "complete streets" policies and land use and transportation planning strategies that make walking and biking and other forms of active transportation safe and convenient.
- Hospitals throughout Montana will adopt the UNICEF/WHO "Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding for Hospitals," (including establishing "breastfeeding-friendly" community supports).
- Cities and towns throughout MT will have policies supporting "TV Turn-Off" week, and active partnerships to strategically reduce TV viewing throughout the year.
- Montana will maintain, implement, evaluate, update and leverage resources to sustain the State Plan to prevent and reduce obesity.
- MT will ensure that information, resources and funds to address nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention are accessible to advocates and public health practitioners serving populations that experience obesity-related health disparities, including those based on geography, disability status, race/ethnicity, and income.
- Local jurisdictions throughout MT that elect to collect BMI among school children will follow CDC procedural recommendations, coordinate activities, and report results.
This program is housed in the Montana State University Department of Health and Human Development. For more information go to www.mtpa.org.