184946 Innovative partnerships to deliver integrated nutrition/physical activity education

Monday, October 27, 2008

Ismael Aguila, MS, CSCS , Network for a Healthy California, Los Angeles, CA
Suzanne Bogert, MS, RD , County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health, Nutrition Program, Los Angeles, CA
Steven Loy, PhD , Kinesiology Department, California State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA
Integrating nutrition and physical activity messages into public health programs can be a challenge. In part, this is due to a lack of knowledge of where free or low-cost resources reside as well as a lack of support systems to assist implementation. The Network for a Healthy California has created free physical activity tools that include nutrition education as well as developed unique partnerships to support implementation and sustainability of the messages. Partnerships with academic institutions have been especially effective for resource development and program delivery.

The audience will be active participants in two programs developed out of an innovative partnership with California State University, Northridge. The Shape of Yoga and Total Body in 10 were developed with minimal cost and have been presented to over 400 intermediaries and thousands of their community members. Attendees will learn the importance of nutrition and physical activity integration in their programs and how to do so. They will identify strategies to develop partnerships and how to navigate unfamiliar waters within university systems. There is a steep learning curve in working with new partners and this workshop will significantly enhance the learning process. The workshop will conclude with attendees understanding how to establish a plan to maximize development and delivery of integrated nutrition and physical activity programs.

Learning Objectives:
1. Develop nutrition education outreach programs to include a meaningful physical activity component. 2. Recognize the value of forming innovative partnerships for integrated program delivery. 3. Apply a template to improve overall program outcomes through integrated nutrition and physical activity education.

Keywords: Physical Activity, Partner Involvement

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Ismael Aguila, M.S., C.S.C.S. is the Physical Activity Specialist for the Network for a Healthy California. Ismael has been assisting the network develop and identify key physical activity resources to help compliment network-funded nutrition education campaigns and programs. Ismael received his Masters in Exercise Physiology from the Kinesiology Department at California State University, Northridge. Ismael Aguila has over 12 years of health & fitness experience, including corporate wellness, clinical rehabilitation, fitness evaluation, and adult/children program design. Ismael has provided health consultation for organizations such as Easton Sports, Orange County Fire Authority, Kraft, and Worksite Wellness Los Angeles. Ismael has also presented on the topic of physical activity at several conferences, including the American College of Sports Medicine, California School Wellness Conference, and the California Nutrition Network’s Annual Social Marketing Conference.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.