199834 Environmental Nutrition and Activity Community Tool: Promoting Health Equity through Improved Food and Physical Activity Environments

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 1:15 PM

Sana Chehimi, MPH , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Leslie Mikkelsen, MPH, RD , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Juliet Sims, RD, MPH , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Shakirah Simley, BA , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Local public health leaders increasingly recognize the importance of moving beyond categorical funding and a disease-by-disease approach towards environmental changes that address issues fundamental to community health and chronic disease prevention. In low-income communities, funds for such efforts are always limited, however, resources are particularly scarce in the current economic climate. This reality makes primary prevention strategies to create healthy communities all the more important, because investments in the built environment have the capacity to prevent myriad chronic diseases.

To that end, ENACT is an online assessment and implementation tool which offers an array of achievable actions for improving food and activity environments in seven sectors including: communities, schools, preschool sites, after school programs, workplace environments, health care, and government. Developed by Prevention Institute, ENACT allows community leaders in under-resourced areas to maximize limited funds by prioritizing strategies which hold the greatest promise for improving food and activity environments.

This presentation will introduce people to ENACT and provide instruction on how local leaders can utilize the tool to assess, prioritize, and implement policy strategies in their communities. Additionally, the presentation will emphasize some of the most promising food and activity strategies and highlight several relevant success stories and model policies included in ENACT and its companion tool, the ENACT Local Policy Database.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the role of the environment in contributing shaping food and activity behaviors 2. List 3-5 concrete examples of local food- and activity-policies that show promise in reducing health disparities 3. Utilize the ENACT tools to identify successful strategies and specific policies to improve opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity

Keywords: Food and Nutrition, Physical Activity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: EDUCATION 2001-2003—UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Berkeley, CA MPH, Health and Social Behavior, International Health Specialty Area 1994-1998—Columbia University, New York, NY BA, Cellular and Molecular Biology Sana Chehimi is a Program Manager at Prevention Institute, a national non-profit dedicated to advancing community wellbeing through primary prevention. Ms. Chehimi is co-editor of Prevention is Primary: Strategies for Community Well-Being, a text on primary prevention published in March 2007 by Jossey Bass. Sana focuses her efforts on developing tools and strategies to advance primary prevention practice, with a particular emphasis on promoting environments that promote healthy eating and physical activity. She leads the development of the Environmental Nutrition and Activity Community Tool (ENACT), a web-based resource designed to improve local nutrition and physical activity environments and oversees the Institute’s media advocacy efforts through the California based Rapid Response Media Network. Sana’s current consulting efforts include the creation of a county wide plan to reduce childhood obesity amongst children 0-5 in Contra Costa County, California. Sana has authored numerous reports and publications for Prevention Institute, including The Impact of the Neighborhood Food Environment on Children’s Dietary Behavior (2004), Healthy Eating and Physical Activity: Addressing Inequities in Urban Environments (2007) and Beyond Brochures: The Imperative of Primary Prevention (book chapter, 2007). Prior to joining Prevention Institute, she worked on basic science research in HIV and as a community treatment advocate for individuals living with HIV. She received her Masters in Public Health from the University of California Berkeley with an emphasis on Health and Social Behavior.
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.