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Webinar

Using a Community-Centered View of Influences on Eating, Activity, and Body Weight

May 24, 2016

Presented by the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN) based at Drexel University

Explores the changing context for obesity treatment from a global perspective. Emphasizes the increased awareness of the need for societal approaches involving environmental and policy changes and solutions applicable to ethnic minority and other high risk populations. Presents the evolution of the AACORN expanded paradigm - academic and community-centered frameworks and how this framework can be useful for research and practice.

Webinar Learning Objectives

  • Identify the three categories of community-centered influences on eating, activity, and body weight
  • Describe how community-level factors influence eating, activity, and body weight
  • Describe how community-level factors influence resources available to address health problems
  • Explain how to translate community-centered influences into sustainable obesity prevention and treatment strategies
  • List examples of how to integrate community priorities and values that are broader than food, activity, or weight into obesity prevention and treatment strategies

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In the News

Research Network Improving Healthy Weight in African American Populations Moves to Drexel University School of Public Health

September 1, 2015

PHILADELPHIA - The African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN), a leading voice of scientific evidence for optimizing nutrition and physical activity lifestyles in the US black population, will move to the Drexel University School of Public Health as of September 1, 2015. Previously located at the University of Pennsylvania, the network will now be sustainably situated within the Drexel University School of Public Health, which is dedicated to improving population health, reducing health disparities, and transforming evidence into practice and policy.

"We are thrilled to welcome AACORN and Dr. Kumanyika to the Drexel School of Public Health. AACORN's mission is perfectly aligned with our School's focus on generating evidence and actions to eliminate health disparities "said Dean Ana Diez-Roux, MD, PhD, an expert in the social determinants of health.

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Webinar

Improving Food Marketing Environments in Black Communities: Insights from Policymakers and Food Retailers

June 27, 2013

Presented by the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN) based at the University of Pennsylvania

Highlights AACORN research that explored perceptions of targeted food and beverage marketing practices among food retailers and policymakers serving Black communities. Interviews were conducted in Chicago, IL and Birmingham, AL. Presenters will highlight insights from these key decision makers and discuss implications of the study results for efforts to improve the healthfulness of food marketed to Black Americans.

Webinar Learner Objectives

  • Understand the concept of food marketing equity for black communities
  • Gain new insights about perspectives of policymakers and food retailers regarding the challenges and opportunities posed by current food marketing dynamics
  • Consider implications for improving health and nutrition outcomes in Black communities

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Webinar

Price-Based Policy Changes for Obesity Prevention? New Insights on How Food Prices Influence Black Americans

April 4, 2013

Presented by the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN) based at the University of Pennsylvania

The ability to address the high rates of childhood obesity in black communities will depend in part on how healthful, lower-calorie foods are priced relative to less healthful, higher-calorie alternatives. This webinar will highlight AACORN's recently published research with Black Americans from four cities on how food prices impact what foods they buy.

Webinar Learning Objectives

  • Identify how food costs influence food purchases of diverse Black Americans in light of other relevant influences
  • Consider implications for the potential to foster childhood obesity prevention in black communities through policies related to food prices

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