Because the food and physical activity environments constrain lifestyle choices that are critical to health promotion and disease prevention, more research is needed to mitigate the conditions that set people up for chronic diseases. This talk will describe unique methods to measure the use of parks and factors associated with park-based physical activity, as well as methods to measure and intervene on harmful food environments. The talk will provide a rationale for targeting food providers and conditions at the point of purchase to address diet-related chronic diseases rather than focusing on individuals.
Speaker Biography - Deborah A. Cohen, M.D., M.P.H.
Deborah A. Cohen, M.D., M.P.H.
Pardee RAND Graduate School, RAND Corporation, Los Angeles
Dr. Deborah Cohen is a Senior Scientist at the RAND Corporation and the author of the book “A Big Fat Crisis—the Hidden Forces Behind the Obesity Epidemic—and How We Can End It”. Her major area of research is on the impact of the built and social environments on health and health behaviors. She is Board Certified in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. She was the lead investigator for the National Study of Neighborhood Parks, which has assessed park use in 193 parks in 27 US cities.
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