Community Interventions: A Brief Overview and Their Application to the Obesity Epidemic

Authors

  • Christina D. Economos,

    1. Associate Director at the John Hancock Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition. She is also the New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition at the Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.
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  • Sony a Irish-Hauser

    1. Doctoral fellow at the Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.
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Abstract

Community-based interventions built on theory and informed by community members produce potent, sustainable change. This intervention model mobilizes inherent community assets and pinpoints specific needs. Advancing community-based research to address obesity will require training of future leaders in this methodology, funding to conduct rigorous trials, and scientific acceptance of this model.

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