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Conférence Desjardins le 08 June 2006
Changing "toxic" environments: community perspectives on the promotion of healthy weights
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Par: Kim Raine
 De12:00 à 13:00
Lieu : Hôpital Laval - Auditorium du Pavillon Marguerite-d'Youville 2e ét
Québec, Québec(Canada)
University of Alberta . Increasingly, scientific evidence supports the notion that the current obesity epidemic is largely influenced by an environment that promotes excessive food intake and discourages physical activity. Are we captive in a “toxic” social environment? Or, can we play an active role, as researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and citizens, in changing environments and taking back control of our health? This presentation will reframe the obesity crisis as a crisis of society that we all have a stake in changing to promote healthy weights. Like other major public health problems, obesity has complex social and environmental determinants that will be reviewed as a rationale for “upstream” efforts to promote healthy weights in populations via social change at a variety of ecological levels. What can we do, at home, school, work, in our communities and even to influence policy to make healthy choices the easy choices? Where do we have sufficient evidence to justify action? Where do we need more evidence? When is action justified when evidence is still evolving? Strategies (and challenges) for engaging researchers, practitioners and policy-makers in collaborative action to promote healthy weights will be shared.

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