Strategy 4-3: Encourage active living and healthy eating at work. Worksites should create, or expand, healthy environments by establishing, implementing, and monitoring policy initiatives that support wellness.

Potential actions include

  public and private employers promoting healthy eating and active living in the worksite in their own institutional policies and practices by, for example, increasing opportunities for physical activity as part of a wellness/health promotion program, providing access to and promotion of healthful foods and beverages, and offering health benefits that provide employees and their dependents coverage for obesity-related services and programs; and

  health care organizations and providers serving as models for the incorporation of healthy eating and active living into worksite practices and programs.

Strategy 4-4: Encourage healthy weight gain during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and promote breastfeeding-friendly environments. Health service providers and employers should adopt, implement, and monitor policies that support healthy weight gain during pregnancy and the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding. Population disparities in breastfeeding should be specifically addressed at the federal, state, and local levels to remove barriers and promote targeted increases in breastfeeding initiation and continuation.

Potential actions include

  all those who provide health care or related services to women of childbearing age offering preconception counseling on the importance of conceiving at a healthy BMI;

  medical facilities, prenatal services, and community clinics adopting policies consistent with the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative;

  local health departments and community-based organizations, working with other segments of the health sector, providing information on breastfeeding

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