245550 Local policy action to improve community food and physical activity environments: Results from a survey of California communities

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 3:24 PM

Lisa Craypo, MPH, RD , Samuels & Associates, Oakland, CA
Liz Schwarte, MPH , Samuels & Associates, Oakland, CA
Sarah Samuels, DrPH , Samuels & Associates, Oakland, CA
Cyndi Guerra-Walter, BA , California Project LEAN, Public Health Institute, Sacramento, CA
Joanne Gooley, MA, RD , California Department of Public Health, California Project LEAN, Sacramento, CA
Peggy Agron, MA, RD , California Project LEAN, California Department of Public Health, Sacramento, CA
Background: To understand how California communities are engaged in improving food and physical activity environments for obesity prevention, a survey was conducted to describe local nutrition/physical activity-related policy efforts. The survey was funded by California Department of Public Health's Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Methods: An on-line survey instrument was developed to explore progress on five priority policy areas: joint use, beverage environment, land use/transportation, healthy food retail, and safety/violence prevention. The survey was sent to members of the California Convergence - a network of communities forming a collective voice for policy and systems change to create health equity in neighborhoods through improved food and physical activity environments. Findings: The survey explored the status of policy development for the five priority issues. Respondents ranked the policy areas in terms of their organization's priorities and healthy food retail received the most number one rankings. Over 65% of respondents had worked on formal agreements/policies regarding healthy food retail and land use/transportation. Of those respondents that hadn't worked on formal agreements/policies in the priority areas, at least half of respondents were planning future policy work to address the priority areas. Conclusions: California communities are employing a variety of policy approaches to improve food and physical activity environments. Findings from this survey highlight the most common policy approaches, opportunities, strategies, and barriers to advancing policy, as well as areas of focus for future policy work.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
List the most common policy approaches employed by California communities to address improving food and physical activity environments.

Keywords: Policy/Policy Development, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was a key meng=ber of the research team that developed, conducted and analyzed this survey.
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.