We launched the R2R community of practice several years ago with the aim of bringing together researchers and practitioners in an ongoing discussion around the promise and perils of moving evidence-based programs and polices into practice. Few aspects of this conversation have drawn the attention of community members as much as the inter-relatedness of nutrition, environment, physical activity and obesity prevention.
In her presentation, Dr. Melissa Laska primary research interests are in environmental, social and behavioral determinants of obesity among young people, including access to healthy foods in underserved communities. Next, Peri L. Nearon outlined the wide-ranging work of ShapingNJ ---- a public-private partnership of more than 230 organizations working together to address the obesity epidemic by promoting healthy communities through improved nutrition and increased opportunities for physical activity throughout New Jersey.
Each offered a unique perspective on the opportunities and directions for how researchers and practitioners can collaborate with one another to improve the health of their communities through shared resources, approaches and interventions.
So, let's continue the conversation online - both speakers spoke to the challenges faced by their interventions and the lessons that they learned. Do you have questions for our speakers? Please take this opportunity to share your experiences, lessons learned and projects.