The Role of Community Safety in Obesity Prevention: Exploring How Exposure to Crime and Violence Affect Physical Activity and Healthy Eating

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Thought-Leaders' Forum September 22-23, 2011: A Summary for Practitioners

The connection between community safety and obesity prevention was the topic of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)-sponsored thought-leaders forum, The Role of Community Safety in Obesity Prevention: Exploring How Exposure to Crime and Violence Impact Physical Activity and Healthy Eating, which took place at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta September 22–23, 2011.

Chaired by Larry Cohen of the Prevention Institute and Caterina Roman of Temple University, the meeting convened experts in violence prevention, healthy eating, and active living who reviewed and discussed presentations by community-based practitioners, researchers, funders, and advocates with expertise in psychology, criminology, public health, housing, transportation, community and economic development, nutrition, and parks development.

This paper presents the main findings from the meeting with a focus on providing information that practitioners—community residents, service providers, and youth—can use. A companion paper presents the main findings of value to researchers. As one theme of the forum was the need for cross-disciplinary work that connects practitioners with researchers, this paper also briefly notes these research-related recommendations.

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Practitioners must create partnerships among experts from violence prev., healthy eating, & active living.

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