4093.0 Environmental and Political Strategies to Addressing Obesity

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 10:30 AM
Nutrition and obesity prevention strategies have focused on individual behaviors, policy changes and environmental changes. Implementing cost-effective strategies and using coalitions to prepare, problem-solve, and plan are two methods of implementing these strategies that presenters will discuss in this panel. Cost-effectiveness analysis can help decision makers maximize the use of scarce resources available to promote physical activity. By developing a method to translate physical activity outcomes into a common measure of effectiveness and estimated intervention costs, researchers were able to compare cost-effectiveness across a wide variety of physical activity intervention strategies. The analysis found many PA interventions cost-effective and generated activities that significantly enhanced meeting recommended PA guidelines. Partnerships between philanthropy and academia, stakeholders in business and government, and community groups and government from Massachusetts to California will be presented to illustrate models consistent with the call from leaders in obesity prevention to employ multi-faceted approaches and collaborations targeting environmental and policy changes to effectively curb obesity rates.
Session Objectives: Identify a model for locating and critically evaluating different policy responses to public health nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention. List data analysis methods used to measure improvements in the built environment. Compare cost-effectiveness of different types of physical activity interventions Demonstrate an increase in knowledge of the methods used to conduct an assessment of local policies related to healthy eating and active living.
Rashida R. Dorsey, PhD, MPH

10:30 AM
Integrating health considerations into built environment planning processes
SaraT Lehman Mayer, MPP and Crispin Delgado, MPP
11:00 AM
Cost-effectiveness of physical activity interventions: Analysis from a systematic review
Shinyi Wu, PhD, Yuyan Shi, MA, Deborah Cohen, MD, MPH and Marjorie Pearson, PhD
11:15 AM
Healthy eating and active living in Missouri: A state-wide policy assessment
Alyse B. Sabina, MPH, Amy Stringer Hessel, MSW, Jamie Wyatt Marshall, MSW, MPH, Debra Haire-Joshu, PhD and Michael B. Elliott, PhD
11:30 AM
Cambridge Trans Fat Task Force: Using a Collaborative Approach to Develop a Citywide Ban on Trans Fat
Josefine Wendel, MS, RD, LDN, Dawn B. Olcott, MS, Stacey E. King, MS, Marsha D. Lazar, LICSW, Suzy Feinberg, MPH and Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH

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Organized by: Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Endorsed by: Environment

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)