Online Program

Evaluating progress of obesity prevention: What framework should we follow?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Lawrence W. Green, DrPH, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Stephen Fawcett, PhD, KU Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
IOM Committee on Evaluating Progress of Obesity Prevention, Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, The National Academies, Washington, DC
Progress in obesity prevention depends on informed action. The goal of the 2013 IOM report, Taking Action in Evaluating Progress of Obesity Prevention Efforts, is to offer a framework and plans for measuring progress and identifying effective actions for national and community evaluation of progress in obesity prevention. The tasks accomplished in the report are:

1. Drawing on the recommendations and recommended indicators of progress from the preceding IOM committee and report, Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention, this report considers also currently used and new tools and metrics to measure progress, and develops a plan for a national level evaluation of obesity prevention efforts by sector and, as appropriate, across sectors; 2. Developing a community-level measurement plan that adds detail and support to the national-level evaluation plan; and 3. Identifying measurement ideas that can determine the specific impact of the overall HBO/IOM (The Weight of the Nation) campaign.

Also shared will be evaluation recommendations for taking action to advance progress in obesity prevention and reducing disparities in the behavioral and environmental antecedents of obesity.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related research
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the rationale for the IOM report on evaluating progress on obesity prevention. Identify a useful framework for organizing obesity evaluation efforts.

Keyword(s): Obesity, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am Chair of the IOM Committee on Evaluating Progress of Obesity Prevention.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.