208931 An environmental change agenda to promote healthy eating and active living

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 1:30 PM

Sana Chehimi, MPH , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Leslie Mikkelsen, MPH, RD , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Janani Srikantharajah, BA , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Virginia Lee, MPH, CHES , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Over the next decade, chronic diseases will eclipse all other medical problems as the leading cause of poor health. Yet research has shown that most chronic diseases are preventable and environments where people live, work, learn and play are key opportunities for prevention. Environmental change strategies are an emerging set of approaches that focus on community determinants of health such as transportation and food retail patterns, to prevent the onset of medical conditions.

The framework, Promising Strategies for Creating Healthy Eating and Active Living Environments, compiled on behalf of the National Convergence Partnership (CP), shares a range of determinants oriented strategies to promote healthier choices through community level change. The CP is a national group of funders committed to multisector collaboration to foster and sustain healthy environments through policy and organizational practice change.

Developing a comprehensive environmental change agenda requires a new framework for how to improve health that goes beyond individual education and medical treatment. To build capacity for environmental change, this session will explore: 1) Diverse strategies for environmental change; 2) Non-traditional partners outside health and within different health fields that must be engaged and the strategies that can leverage such broad partnerships; and 3) Case studies of best practices from around the country. The session will emphasize the importance of environmental change in promoting health equity. By the end of the session, participants will be equipped with a range of determinants oriented strategies from Promising Strategies that can be adapted to fit their respective local needs.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this session the participant will be able to: 1.Describe the importance of an environmental change approach to improving healthy eating and active living behaviors. 2.List five to seven specific organizational practices and/or policies that health advocates can promote in order to improve opportunities for healthy eating and active living. 3.Identify three to five partners, outside of health, that can help advance a policy agenda to improve healthy eating and active living.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: of my years of experience in the filed of nutrition and physical activity.
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.