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The Division of Public Health places a high priority on supporting healthy behaviors and preventing the leading causes of death and disability.
In 2021, the PANO Program launched the Advancing Healthy Lifestyles (AHL) Initiative to reduce adult and childhood obesity, along with other chronic conditions, to achieve long-term health equity for schools, communities, and workplaces throughout Delaware. Partners work to implement needed policy, systems, and environmental changes to promote healthy eating and active living.
We are accomplishing this by addressing:
Advancing Healthy Lifestyles Settings:
Learn more about the Advancing Healthy Lifestyles Initiatives here.
Physical Activity Assessments
The Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention (PANO) Program partners with the Department of Education (DOE) on physical education regulations. Delaware regulations require physical fitness assessments in grades 4, 7, 9, and 10. PANO provides support for Welnet, the physical assessment and education tool, and technical assistance to educators to improve implementation and reporting of the assessment.
The Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention (PANO) Program provides technical assistance and resources to Delaware's professional Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE DE), which makes up the professional workforce of health, physical activity, and physical education teachers throughout Delaware. PANO provides technical assistance and administrative support for SHAPE DE's annual convention. The SHAPE DE annual convention is designed to provide SHAPE members and health education professionals the opportunity to share instructional ideas with each other and learn from local and national subject matter experts.
Lieutenant Governor's Challenge
The Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention (PANO) Program partners with the Lt. Governor's office to support the Lt. Governor's challenge. The mission of the Lt. Governor's Challenge is to improve the quality of life of all Delawareans. The program honors the individuals, organizations and institutions that inspire others by making healthy choices the easiest choices for their communities, ultimately helping elevate the well-being, productivity, and prosperity of the state.
Let's Get Healthy Sussex Initiatives
The PANO Program partners with the Sussex County Health Coalition on the Let's Get Healthy Sussex Initiative. The Let's Get Healthy Sussex Campaign includes an awareness campaign, mini-grant program, and community-based partnerships to reach populations with healthy eating, lifestyle messaging and access to education through classes on physical activity and healthy cooking.