Online Program

Border Obesity Prevention (BOP): Development of a binational strategic framework

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Ronald J. Dutton, PhD, Office of Border Health, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin, TX

Allison Banicki, Ph.D., M.P.H., Office of Border Health, Texas DSHS, Austin, TX
Over the past three decades, there has been an alarming increase in childhood and adolescent obesity worldwide. This increase has raised concern regarding the link between obesity and chronic health conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Among U.S. children, those of Hispanic origin, especially Mexican-American children, have the highest rates of obesity. Obesity rates are also relatively higher in many of the 10 US-Mexico border states and particularly in their respective border regions (i.e., 100 kilometer on either side of the border).  A Border Obesity Prevention (BOP) Technical Work Group has been working to develop an obesity prevention strategy by exploring perspectives of various stakeholders, including differences and similarities in the US-Mexico border region, sharing policy and program experiences, and identifying data and information gaps.  Four workgroups were established, as follows: 1) Breastfeeding, 2) Healthy Eating, 3) Physical Activity and Active Living and 4) Communications.  Promising practices identified by the BOP Technical Work Group are being used to guide the development of recommendations and a BOP strategic framework plan with the overall goal that they be integrated into US-Mexico organizations’ strategic plans border wide.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Communication and informatics
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Identify promising US-Mexico border obesity prevention practices. Describe the border obesity prevention strategic framework planning process.

Keyword(s): Immigrant Health, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As Director of the Office of Border Health of the Texas Department of State Health Services, I am responsible for coordinating the public health actions related to overweight, obesity and diabetes in the border region of Texas because the population at this region is disproportionately affected by higher rates of these health issues.
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.