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Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity: Lessons from the Portland Healthy Eating Active Living (Heal) Coalition
Practicing Anthropology (2009)
  • Margaret Everett, Portland State University
  • Angie Mejia, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Olivia Quiroz
Abstract
The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Coalition is a community-based health promotion program begun in 2006 in North Portland's Portsmouth neighborhood. The program seeks to promote community health and prevent childhood obesity by addressing barriers at local, regional and policy levels, with particular attention to the built environment. This article describes the findings of a program evaluation based on interviews with school staff and Latino parents. Important themes include the impact of the closure of a neighborhood school, access to grocery stores with affordable healthy foods, and concern about school meals. The comprehensive approach of programs like HEAL, which uses the socio-ecological model of health promotion, lends itself well to the participation of applied social scientists.
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Publication Date
Fall 2009
Citation Information
Margaret Everett, Angie Mejia and Olivia Quiroz. "Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity: Lessons from the Portland Healthy Eating Active Living (Heal) Coalition" Practicing Anthropology Vol. 31 Iss. 4 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/margaret_everett/5/