Community Perspectives on Obesity Prevention in Children

Community Perspectives on Obesity Prevention in Children

Workshop Summaries

eBook - 2009
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"As the public health threat of childhood obesity has become clear, the issue has become the focus of local, state, and national initiatives. Many of these efforts are centered on the community environment in recognition of the role of environmental factors in individual behaviors related to food and physical activity. In many communities, for example, fresh produce is not available or affordable, streets and parks are not amenable to exercise, and policies and economic choices make fast food cheaper and more convenient than healthier alternatives. Community efforts to combat obesity vary in scope and scale; overall, however, they remain fragmented, and little is known about their effectiveness. At the local level, communities are struggling to determine which obesity prevention programs to initiate and how to evaluate their impact. In this context, the Institute of Medicine held two workshops to inform current work on obesity prevention in children through input from individuals who are actively engaged in community and policy-based obesity prevention programs. Community perspectives were elicited on the challenges involved in undertaking policy and programmatic interventions aimed at preventing childhood obesity, and on approaches to program implementation and evaluation that have shown promise. Highlights of the workshop presentations and discussions are presented in this volume."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, ©2009
ISBN: 9781282454903
1282454900
9780309140829
030914082X
9780309140812
0309140811
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (xv, 96 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
Alternative Title: Obesity prevention in children

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