Increase Access to Healthy Foods

Maintaining a healthy diet is difficult for families who don’t have convenient access to affordable healthy foods. In too many neighborhoods, families are surrounded by high calorie, low nutritional value options with minimal if any access to affordable healthy foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables.  

Increased Access to Physical Activity

A lack of physical activity is one of the leading contributors to obesity and poor health.  In many neighborhoods, there are not sufficient, safe places for walking, bike riding or physical play.  Our community environments must change so that all families have access to safe places to be physically active.  Communities have a front-line role […]

Policy Options

Sometimes, it takes new public policies to significantly improve community environments. We must explore how transportation policies, education systems, the food and beverage industry, and other sectors of our economy affect the foods we eat and how much activity we get. Federal: Through agriculture, nutrition and other policies and programs, the federal government wields enormous […]

About the Coalition

Healthier environments produce healthier people. And healthier people produce greater economic outputs, consume fewer healthcare resources and lead better, longer lives. The Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP) is focusing on making the healthy choice the first choice. The coalition’s mission is to improve the health of all Arkansas communities by increasing physical activity and healthy eating to reduce and prevent obesity. Growing Healthy Communities (GHC), the Coalition’s primary project, brings together individuals, companies and organizations across sector lines to recognize that a healthy community is a better community on virtually every measure of success.   Mission ArCOP’s mission is to improve the health of all Arkansas communities by increasing physical activity and healthy eating to reduce and prevent obesity.   Vision ArCOP envisions a day when all Arkansans value and practice healthy lifestyles through created and supported opportunities for... 

Healthy Communities

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July Coalition Meeting

  We had about 40 folks join us (7 remotely) at today’s Coalition meeting hosted at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Office. Below are some quick notes from the meeting: July 27, 2015 Coalition Meeting Agenda & Presentation   Chair Update President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition – Andi Ridgway ArCOP is a 2015 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award recipient thanks to a nomination... 

ArCOP, like the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute and so many others across the state, envisions a healthier Arkansas where all its citizens have opportunities to grow and flourish in communities that support active living and healthy eating.

WRI: Growing a healthier Arkansas

The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute recently published this great article on ArCOP’s Growing Healthy Communities program and 3M project! Here’s a teaser:   ArCOP, like the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute and so many others across the state, envisions a healthier Arkansas where all its citizens have opportunities to grow and flourish in communities that support active living and healthy eating. Growing a healthier Arkansas HEALTH · 6/24/2015 · ANGIE ALBRIGHT Most Arkansans... 

GHC Highlight: Mississippi County

Mississippi County Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas was featured in The Osceola Times on Thursday, June 18, 2015! Healthy foods – The Mississippi County Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas is addressing disparities within the community. African-Americans are at high risk for many serious and often fatal diseases such as cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. The Body and Soul model was developed as part of the National Cancer Institute’s commitment... 

Join the Coalition

ArCOP’s 1500+ members are from an array of backgrounds all interested in one thing: a healthier Arkansas.

Membership is free and there are no strings attached! Members are invited to be as involved as they want.
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Become a Partner

ArCOP's 120+ partners include government agencies, nonprofits, businesses, and other organizations working towards improving the health of Arkansas communities by increasing physical activity and healthy eating to reduce and prevent obesity.

The only requirement is a mutual desire for a healthier Arkansas.
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