alexa Promoting Effective School Policies For Childhood Obesity Prevention In Lebanon Through Advocacy, Citizen Engagement And Knowledge Translation
ISSN: 2165-7904

Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy
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JOINT EVENT 10th International Conference on Childhood Obesity and Nutrition & 2nd International Conference on Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
June 12-13, 2017 Rome, Italy

Rana Saleh, Rima Nakkash and Fadi El Jardali
American University of Beirut-Knowledge to Policy Center, Lebanon
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Obes Weight Loss Ther
DOI: 10.4172/2165-7904-C1-046
Abstract
Background & Aim: Child overweight & obesity (COO) in Lebanon has reached alarming levels of 34.8% and 13.2% respectively. With one of the highest percentages in the Eastern Mediterranean region, COO in Lebanon increased by approximately two folds in the past decade, without policies for prevention, despite mounting evidence of their effectiveness. This study examines the use of citizen engagement, advocacy and knowledge translation (KT) tools and platform in the uptake of research evidence on effective school policies in COB prevention. Methods: The following work was conducted and evaluated: Development of a policy brief for effective school policies for COO prevention in Lebanon; Citizen Consultation (CC) meetings using innovative data visualization (IDV); a national Policy Dialogue (PD) and; implementation of an advocacy framework. Results: The policy brief: Synthesizing high quality international and local evidence along with key informant interviews resulted in identifying three major effective elements for a comprehensive school policy solution. The CC and PD: Those elements were discussed in both dialogues for consensus and identifying key implementation considerations using IDVs. Furthermore, the participants in the CC thought that it can affect decision makers (70%) allow joint decision making (70%) and almost all wanted to be involved in further advocacy efforts. The advocacy framework: A framework was developed and piloted over the course of the implementation of the policy elements. Conclusion: School policies for COO prevention are effective but require using an integrated KT approach to bring a change in policy and practice. That entails engaging citizens in the decision-making and implementing evidence-informed advocacy strategies and coalitions to influence actions along with using KT tools and platforms. Citizen engagement strategies empower citizens to be involved in the decision-making process and in enhancing accountability and advocacy in health policy. Study findings will inform similar work in other countries.
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