Photovoice Engages Rural Youth in Childhood Obesity Prevention
Article first published online: 18 OCT 2010
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Public Health Nursing
Volume 28, Issue 2, pages 186–192, March/April 2011
How to Cite
Findholt, N. E., Michael, Y. L. and Davis, M. M. (2011), Photovoice Engages Rural Youth in Childhood Obesity Prevention. Public Health Nursing, 28: 186–192. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2010.00895.x
- Issue published online: 24 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 18 OCT 2010
- childhood obesity prevention;
- participatory research methods;
ABSTRACT Photovoice is a participatory action research methodology that involves the use of photography and enables people to document, reflect upon, and communicate community needs to policymakers for the purpose of promoting social change. We describe how photovoice was used to engage rural youth in childhood obesity prevention research and obtain their perspectives of community assets and barriers that influenced children's physical activity and diets in their county. The photographs and stories produced by the youth garnered public interest and were beneficial in raising community awareness of community conditions that may contribute to childhood obesity and the need for environmental change. Utilization of the method also provided a beneficial leadership experience for the youth participants.