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Picture Me Fit: Engaging Youth in Community-Based Prevention

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41NR015736-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: R41NR015736
Amount: $240,018.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 600
Solicitation Number: PA12-089
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-09-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-08-31
Small Business Information
Greensboro, NC 27410-3543
United States
DUNS: 621567259
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (336) 334-3239
Business Contact
Phone: (336) 540-9505
Research Institution
GREENSBORO, NC 27411-0001
United States

 Nonprofit college or university

DESCRIPTION provided by applicant Approximately one third of all U S adults and children are obese and at risk for a wide range of related chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease hypertension diabetes stroke osteoarthritis sleep apnea and certain types of cancer The Center for Disease Control and Prevention CDC and other expert resources recognize that although individual level factors such as good nutrition and physical activity are core determinants of obesity a comprehensive approach that includes environmental and policy level changes is necessary to promote healthy behaviors and prevent obesity Communities are being called upon to implement environmental strategies evidenced to promote good nutrition and physical activity Guidelines for recommended environmental strategies and measurements have been created to help communities plan and monitor environmental and policy changes that promote good nutrition and physical activity Although the expert recommendations are helpful in guiding communities on what to do i e specific environmental and policy level strategies to implement several challenges exist regarding how to go about the work of engaging a community in obesity prevention The proposed project will use a qualitative ethnographic method of using documentary photography photo exhibits and advocacy to empower groups of youth and adults to do the work of obesity prevention in their communities The overall goal of this Phase I STTR project is to test the feasibility of developing
Picture Me Fit PMFit a multi component online resource designed to train community members including youth to a represent environmental factors contributing to obesity in their communities by using a process known as photovoice and b use photo projects to assess the physical environment of a community raise community awareness mobilize stakeholders and inform environmental and policy changes PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE This project has the potential to increase the capacity of communities to employ comprehensive strategies to reduce and prevent overweight and obesity and ultimately improve the health and well being of children and adults A contribution to the science of prevention will be made by developing and testing an approach to community based prevention that can be applied to other social and health issues

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