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Building local capacity to enhance physical activity and reduce childhood obesity and other risk factors related to priority chronic diseases

El Paso, TX, September 14, 2010 (PAHO/WHO).- The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) aware of the relationship between obesity and lack of physical activity, and park utilization has taken the initiative to analyze, adjust and validate a tool for measuring disparities in park use within the city of El Paso. This tool is named the Community Park Audit tool (CPAT) and it is a validated instrument developed to systematically asses the features and amenities within parks and how residents use them. UTEP in collaboration with The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization U.S.-Mexico Border Office (PAHO/WHO) are inviting UTEP faculty, students, and interested public health and recreational professionals to attend this one day workshop: Using the Community Park Audit Tool (CPAT) in Public Health Research, to be held on:

Monday September 20, 2010

9:00 am to 4:30 pm  
For more information and to register
Please contact: Dr. Paula Ford

UTEP  Department of Public Health Sciences

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About the workshop: Using the Community Park Audit Tool (CPAT)

This workshop directly builds upon two complementary, ongoing projects addressing childhood obesity:

  • The Healthy Kids Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) whose primary goal is to implement healthy eating and active living policy - and environmental - change initiatives. This program places special emphasis on reaching children who are at highest risk for obesity on the basis of race/ethnicity, income and/or geographic location. El Paso Texas is one of the 50 cities selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for this program and is led by the PAHO/WHO U.S.-Mexico Border Office.
  • The second one is Disparities in physical Activity Environments by Deprivation and Acculturation at the Neighborhood Level within a U.S.-Mexico Border Community, a project led by Dr. Paula Ford with recently awarded funding by the Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center at The University of Texas at El Paso. This project seeks to systematically measure geographic disparities in the availability of park resources by neighborhood socioeconomic status in El Paso County.

Workshop objectives:

The overall goal of this workshop is to enhance physical activity, to reduce childhood obesity and other chronic diseases risk factors, including diabetes through the improvement of parks and recreational resources. This will be achieved by increasing the understanding and assessment of public recreational spaces used by children in El Paso, TX. The specific objectives of this workshop are the following:

1.Train students, researches, and community members in the use of the Community Park Audit Tool (CPAT)
2.Obtain input and guidance from community members, local, and invited experts on the relevance and potential adaptations of CPAT for use within a border, predominantly Hispanic community context
3.Provide a forum for community members, researches, and students to discuss how results from El Paso CPAT assessments can be used to influence polices that foster the creation and maintenance of healthy physical activity environmental throughout El Paso County

Training will be provided by Dr. Andrew Kaczynski, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Physical Activity and Public Health Laboratory at Kansas State University. Dr. Kaczynski’s research on the built environment and physical activity has been funded by the National Cancer Institute of Canada, the National Recreational and Park Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Additional workshop leaders include faculty from UTEP and PAHO/WHO.

For more information please contact: Lorely Ambriz, M.S.I.S,  Knowledge Management  & Communication Advisor. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .| Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / A Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO)  United States-Mexico Border Office: 5400 Suncrest Dr. Ste. C-4  El Paso, TX 79912. Office (915) 845-5950 Ext. 2523 / Cel (915) 449-3040  / Fax  (915) 845-4361.


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