According to the Maryland Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey 2006-2010, and the 
Maryland Youth Tobacco Survey in 2008, obesity among African American adults (46%) and 
adolescents, aged 12-19 (20%) residing in the Mid-Shore is almost double when compared to Mid-
Shore white adults (25%) and adolescents (11%). The Coalition felt the extreme levels of racial 
disparity in obesity levels warranted a comprehensive approach focusing on preventive and 
reduction strategies targeting not only children and adolescents, but complimentary 
strategies targeting African American families.



SHIP Objective #31: Reduce the proportion of children and adolescents who are considered obese.


Indicator: Percentage of youth (ages 12-19) who are obese (MYTS 2008)  


Baseline and Mid Shore Goal: Reduce adolescent obesity from its current level of 14% to the Year 2014 Goal of 11%.  


Strategy I: Target African American communities throughout the mid-shore region by raising awareness and implementing evidenced based strategies for children, adolescents, and adults. 


Current Status: Adolescent obesity rates decreased slightly from 14% in 2008 to 13.3% in 2013. In 2017, the rate is 13.2%, higher than the new 2017 target of 10.7%



Healthy Weights in Adolescents

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Body & Soul is a health program tailored to the African American community. See how the 5 Mid-Shore counties implemented this proven program to raise awareness of healthy eating and active living.

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