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
Body & Soul
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.