Capturing what's missing: A comprehensive protocol to monitor changes in the food and physical activity environment for studying their impact on childhood obesity
Approach: The current project seeks to implement an innovative protocol documenting changes in the food and PA environment over a five year period, in five low-income communities in New Jersey where diverse childhood obesity prevention initiatives are ongoing.
Results: A comprehensive protocol will be presented documenting new opportunities for healthy eating and PA (e.g., new supermarkets, playgrounds); significant enhancement of existing ones (e.g., addition of healthy foods to convenience stores, improvements in sidewalks and walkability); and unintended changes (e.g., food outlets that close due to market conditions). Attention will be devoted to criteria for documenting change; implementation of the protocol; and the role of various agencies in the data collection process.
Discussion: This protocol will be useful to other communities for documenting relevant changes in the food and PA environment; tracking progress of ongoing prevention initiatives; generating essential data for research to advance knowledge of obesity prevention; and providing robust evidence for policy makers to inform their decisions about policies and interventions to reduce childhood obesity.
Learning Areas:Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Describe the process of developing a protocol for comprehensive documentation of changes in the food and physical activity (PA) environments in 5 low-income communities in New Jersey. Discuss the barriers and facilitators to implementing a community-wide food and physical activity (PA) environment protocol. Identify food and physical activity (PA) measures of interest that will be tracked annually in 5 low-income communities in New Jersey over the next 5 years.
Keyword(s): Child Health, Obesity
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I currently serve as the research analyst for this project and am responsible for drafting the protocol tool.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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