Study: Communities must be ready for obesity advocacy to be successful

Feb. 02, 2013, The Nation's Health

By Kim Krisberg

Youth advocates can play a role in addressing childhood obesity, but communities must first be ready to embrace the issue, a recent study finds.

Using a community readiness assessment tool developed by Colorado State University, researchers gauged the potential for youth advocacy to shift norms in a south Omaha, Neb., Hispanic community. The research, published in December in the journalĀ Preventing Chronic Disease, found that the community was at a low stage of readiness for change. But using the tool provided a framework for building a tailored youth-led obesity prevention movement, according to the study. Continue reading