Calling addressing health disparities a moral imperative, Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown annouced the formation of a high-powered group to come up with programs, policies, and legislation to reduce disparities.

Adult and childhood obesity remain a major issue for states and the nation. States have implemented various policies and programs to reduce the number of adults and children who are either overweight or obese. The economic benefit of having a healthier population is a significant reason why states continue to push for healthy programs.