Arkansas Delta Region Obesity Project is an initiative through the University of Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service to address obesity in five Arkansas counties: Chicot, Lee, Mississippi, Phillips, and St. Francis.
This project focuses on making community-wide, lasting impacts with a special emphasis
on policy, systems, and environmental change.
Our goal is to increase access to healthy foods in the communities we serve. We work
with local food pantries, farmers’ markets, community gardens, and local businesses
to increase the availability of healthy foods. Expanding farmers’ markets and community
gardens, and increasing the healthy food offerings at local food pantries are just
some of the ways we are reaching our goal.
Increasing access to physical activity opportunities in our communities is a project
priority! By improving access to everyday destinations through traffic calming measures,
crosswalks, and way-finding signage, community members have access to safer means
of physical activity. We also work with city government to find funding opportunities
for sidewalks, playgrounds, and park enhancements.
How do we reach our goals? We work with community coalitions to identify project strategies
and implement positive changes in the community. Our coalitions are made up of local
health champions, city and county government, and concerned citizens who want to make
their communities healthier, safer places to live.
Play the video below to see the new Complete Streets promotion from the Arkansas Department