Community-level interventions to combat obesity - Experiences in Brazil and in the United States.
03:30pm to 05:00pm
ISPUP Auditorium



The programs for the prevention and control of obesity should be comprehensive, intersectoral, involving different levels, and stakeholders in order to create environments to promote healthy eating and physical activity. Engaging the community in the program design is a key process to provide cultural adequacy and to enhance its effectiveness and sustainability. This seminar will present some theoretical-methodological frameworks, approaches and challenges for intervention studies focused on Food Environment, with emphasis on formative assessments using participatory methodologies and strategies to improve the availability and access to healthy foods. Experiences with projects performed in low-income urban areas in the cities of Santos (São Paulo, Brazil) and Baltimore (Maryland, United States) will be reported.

Gabriela Vedovato
Institute of Health and Society, Baixada Santista Campus, Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), Brazil