The obesity epidemic is a growing threat to our nation's long-term health, with communities of color and low-income populations disproportionately at risk. To reverse these trends, public health efforts must address the root causes of obesity, such as a lack of access to community environments that support health—including green spaces and parks, accessible and affordable healthy food and school lunches, and active transportation options.
PHI is committed to advancing obesity prevention solutions, in both the U.S. and across the globe. Our experts have decades of experience in preventing obesity on the local, regional, national and global levels—from advocating for policies to increase access to healthy foods, curb tobacco use and promote physical activity, to building multi-sector partnerships with health care, business, education and government to broaden prevention efforts. We believe in focusing on solutions that address the environmental and social determinants of health in order to advance equitable health solutions.
Our expertise includes:
- Research: From studying which communities are most at risk and why in order to inform better obesity prevention strategies, to disease surveillance, our experts are available to support your research needs.
- Program development and management: PHI experts have led obesity prevention programs in local, regional, state-wide, and national settings. We are available to provide programmatic development support, or lead obesity prevention projects.
- Advancing policies to promote community health: We also specialize in developing and advocating for policies, at the local to international levels, to increase access to healthy foods and safe places to be physically active, along with other best practices in obesity prevention.
- Network and coalition building: Work with us to forge multi-sectoral partnerships with health care, business, education and government to broaden your obesity prevention efforts. We can help you create broad-reaching collaboratives for health that lift up local leaders' voices in the fight against obesity.
- Leadership development: PHI will help you develop and launch leadership programs to strengthen local leaders and organizations to become effective change agents in the movement to build healthier communities in the fight against obesity.
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Resources and Tools
- 2016 Training Catalog: PHI's Center for Wellness and Nutrition
- California’s Central Valley: Addressing Disparity in a Region of Abundance—Creating Healthy Communities through Community Leadership Development
- California Field Research Poll: Obesity in Rural California Counties
- California Project LEAN: 2016 Training Catalog
- Prevention Means Business infographic and brief
- Promoting Healthier After School Environments: Opportunities and Challenges
California Health Interview Survey
California Project LEAN
Center for Wellness and Nutrition
Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program
Cultiva La Salud
Health in All Policies
Network for a Healthy California, Supplemental Nutrition Education Program Education (PHI program 1997-2015)
Public Health Alliance of Southern California
Roots of Change
Here's How We're Making a Difference
Changing Health Behaviors
The Network for a Healthy California, the innovative nutrition education partnership with PHI and the California Department of Public Health, helped to drive a 92 percent increase in the number of low-income Californians eating recommended levels of fruits and vegetables, which is critical to prevent diet-related illness.
The Network’s work lives on as PHI’s Center for Wellness and Nutrition.
PHI Wins U.S. Obesity Data Challenge
How can data and communications help communities reverse the obesity epidemic? In August 2015 HealthData+, a partnership between PHI and Live Stories, won top prize at the U.S. Obesity Data Challenge. The HealthData+ tool is a simple, curated dashboard to help health officials tell a powerful story about the root causes of obesity. The dashboard provides customizable data visualizations at the national, state, and local level as well as an interactive map, national benchmarks, and written content to contextualize the data.
PHI's CA4Health Changes Beverage Policies at Central Valley Head Start Centers
CA4Health, PHI’s statewide Community Transformation Grant covering rural and small California counties, worked with Head Start Centers across four Central Valley counties to adopt strong new healthy beverage standards to help give these children a head start to a healthier life.
As a result, 1,500 children through age five now drink water and unflavored milk (and breast milk for those up to 12 months) instead of soda, sports drinks, juice and juice drinks, and flavored milk.if($services_list) : ?>