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Advancing Obesity Solutions Through Investments in the Built Environment: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief

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The built environment—the physical world made up of the homes, buildings, streets, and infrastructure within which we all live, work, and play—underwent changes during the 20th and 21st centuries. These changes contributed to a sharp decline in physical activity and affected access to healthy foods, which added to the weight gain observed among Americans in recent decades. As such, policies and practices that affect the built environment could affect obesity rates in the United States and improve the health of Americans. On September 12, 2017, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions held a workshop to examine how investments in the built environment contribute to the prevention and treatment of obesity and the overall health of communities. Specifically, presenters discussed successful multisector strategies that encourage physical activity and improve diet, equity, environmental justice, and overall community health and well-being, as well as discussed approaches for scaling up and institutionalizing these strategies to advance obesity solutions. This publication briefly summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Advancing Obesity Solutions Through Investments in the Built Environment: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/24963.

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10 pages | 8.5 x 11
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17226/24963
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