194753 A Comprehensive Approach to Healthy Eating, Active Living and Preventing Violence

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 10:30 AM

Annie Lyles, MSW , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Sam Davidson, BA , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Virginia Lee, MPH, CHES , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
In efforts to promote healthy eating and active living, many communities are finding that violence is increasingly impeding the effectiveness of their efforts. In the face of violence and safety concerns, residents in impacted communities often do not view healthy eating as a priority because protection from violence is a more intense and immediate need. Yet these communities are at higher risk for chronic diseases. Violence and the perception of violence negatively affects healthy eating and active living in many ways: 1) women avoid trips to grocery stores which impacts the family's health; 2) communities perceived as violent will not attract food retail stores and are not seen as a viable market for healthy foods; 3) overeating serves as a coping mechanism for victims and witnesses to violence; and 4) Perception of violence predicts physical activity more than the availability and accessibility to parks and open space.

As the evidence grows about the links between violence, healthy eating and active living, communities are faced with the challenge of effectively addressing these complex issues. Based on findings from key informant interviews with experts in the field of healthy eating and active living and community leaders, this presentation will make the case for the link between violence, healthy eating and active living; provide examples of best and promising practices, and propose prevention strategies that are comprehensive, collaborative and innovative.

Learning Objectives:
1. State and local public health practitioners will be able to use the information provided to craft and shape their own work on the intersection of violence and healthy eating and active living. 2. Participants will be able to describe the most current thinking around violence prevention and what effective strategies can be utilized to address both active living, healthy eating and preventing violence, such as community gardens and school joint use agreements.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: of my experience in the field.
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.