Increased 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. Leading national organizations have focused on communities’ essential front-line role and actions […]

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 […]

Mission Vision and Goal

Healthier environments produce healthier people.  Healthier people produce greater economic outputs, consume fewer healthcare resources and lead better, longer lives. The Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP) is Growing Healthy Communities (GHC) by helping Arkansans change their environments to make the healthy choice the easy choice. ArCOP’s mission is to improve the health of all Arkansas communities by increasing access to physical activity and healthy eating to reduce and prevent obesity.  GHC, the Coalition’s project initiative, fosters these outcomes through proven, disciplined & replicable methods. The Coalition currently has over 900 members and more than 80 partner institutions. ArCOP strives to welcome all those interested by making membership free and partnership simple. The only requirement: a desire for a healthier Arkansas.   Mission ArCOP’s mission is to improve the health of all Arkansas communities by increasing physical activity and healthy... 

Zip Code Overrides DNA Code When It Comes to a Healthy Community

Everyone wants to live a long and healthy life.  Yet one-fifth of all Americans live in environments that compromise their health – where there are no sidewalks or trails for people to walk and bike; where there are no playgrounds or parks for children to play; where crime and violence discourage not only outdoor activity, but also social interaction; and where communities lack affordable access to fresh fruits and vegetables.  In such places, it is difficult for anyone to pursue... 


The Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP) is made up of individuals from a diverse group of organizations. Our coalition is structured around six workgroup teams:  Access to Healthy Foods; Built Environment; Early Childhood and Schools; Healthcare; Worksite Wellness; and Social Marketing. Since its inception, ArCOP has undertaken two major programs: Growing Healthy Communities and Be Our Voice (a project of the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality).  Read More