Online Program

Environmental systems and sustainable obesity prevention

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 12:50 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Steven Allender, MFPH, PhD, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention and Deakin Population Health Strategic Research Centre, Geelong, Australia
Community based interventions have been described as one of the most promising approaches to the prevention of obesity. Lessons from successful prevention efforts have shown that increasing the capacity of communities to understand and address the complexity of causes is valuable in preventing obesity. These approaches have evolved overseveral generations of intervention design from an education approach to a community capacity approach and now to the application of systems thinking beyond a single project or program focus. In this session we describe the generations of community based intervention for obesity prevention and locate current systems efforts in these previous generations. One approach this session will elaborate on is group model building and the use of causal loop diagrams as a basis for intervention planning. We will draw from practical examples in Australia, describing efforts to build capacity for communities to use systems thinking to understand and address complexity in the design, implementation and evaluation of efforts to prevent obesity.

Learning Areas:

Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the application of group model building to understanding the community view of complex drivers of obesity. Describe an approach to using causal loop diagrams as a basis for intervention planning with examples from Australia. Discuss means for measuring systems change in complex systems with practical examples from Australian studies. Demonstrate physical and school environment interventions and policies to reduce obesity.

Keyword(s): Obesity, Built Environment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: This author is qualified to present based on multiple years of experience in the field of obesity prevention.
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.