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Applications of the CDC – National Park Service Healthy Foods Evaluation for State and Local Parks. Obesity Prevention and Control Branch. Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. LCDR Alyson B. Goodman, MD, MPH EIS Officer, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity

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applications of the cdc national park service healthy foods evaluation for state and local parks
Applications of the CDC – National Park Service Healthy Foods Evaluation for State and Local Parks

Obesity Prevention and Control Branch

Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity

LCDR Alyson B. Goodman, MD, MPH

EIS Officer, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity

January 12, 2012

overview
Healthy Parks Healthy People US Initiative

In April 2011, National Park Service (NPS) Director announced service-wide Healthy Foods Strategy to provide healthy food options for all 280 million national park visitors annually

Collaborate with CDC to conduct a baseline assessment of food environment in national parks

Develop & implement health and sustainability guidelines for concessions contracts

Track effect of health promotion messaging and access to healthy foods over time so NPS can make informed decisions

Serve as a model for state and local parks & other open spaces

OVERVIEW
cdc nps nutrition environment collaboration
CDC – NPS Nutrition Environment Collaboration
  • CDC Lead: LCDRAlyson Goodman, MD, MPH
  • CDC Supervisor: CAPT Heidi Blanck, PhD
  • NPS Office of Public Health: CDR David Wong, MD, MPH
  • NPS Chief of Concessions: Kurt Rausch
may pilot epi aid
May Pilot (Epi-Aid)
  • Pilot of survey tools adapted from NEMS
    • NEMS = Nutrition environment measures surveys
      • Validated instruments for objectively assessing access, pricing & promotion of healthy/unhealthy foods
  • 11 national parks in Southwest US
  • Dissemination:
    • APHA poster presentation
    • White House Summit on Healthy Foods in Parks
may pilot results beverage vending
May Pilot Results:Beverage Vending

“Healthier” Vending Machine = Proportion of sugar drinks <50%

In this sample, 7 out of 41 (17%)

Derived Variables

Healthy drink: Water, milk, 100% juice

Diet drink: artificially-sweetened soda, tea, water, energy or sports drink

Sugar drink: sugar-sweetened soda, tea, water, energy or sports drink

september field investigation
September Field Investigation
  • Nationally-representative sample of parks
  • 50 parks chosen based on:
    • # annual visitors
    • Region
    • Urban/rural
    • Type of concessioners
  • Identified 33 individuals to survey 50 parks in 35 states
    • EISOs (3 headquarters and 14 state-based) - 17
    • DNPAO, NPS, state/local health department staff & partners - 15
    • CDC Experience Fellow – 1
  • Training
    • NEMS website
    • 90 minute webinar
national parks survey in september
National Parks Survey in September

National Park (n=395)

Surveyed (n=49)

Alaska: Glacier Bay, Denali

september results beverage vending
September Results:Beverage Vending

“Healthier” Vending Machine = Proportion of sugar drinks <50%

In this sample, 29 out of 83 (35%)

Derived Variables

Healthy drink: Water, milk, 100% juice

Diet drink: artificially-sweetened soda, tea, water, energy or sports drink

Sugar drink: sugar-sweetened soda, tea, water, energy or sports drink

DRAFT: Analysis ongoing

september results kids menus
September Results – Kids Menus

DRAFT: Analysis ongoing

assessment tools
Assessment Tools
  • Standardized with protocols
  • 5 modules:
    • Restaurants
    • Snack Shops
    • Vending Machines
      • Beverage
      • Foods
    • Stores
      • Grocery
      • Convenience
    • Water
overview1
Healthy Parks Healthy People US Initiative

In April 2011, National Park Service (NPS) Director announced service-wide Healthy Foods Strategy to provide healthy food options for all 280 million national park visitors annually

Collaborate with CDC to conduct a baseline assessment of food environment in national parks

Develop & implement health and sustainability guidelines for concessions contracts

Track effect of health promotion messaging and access to healthy foods over time so NPS can make informed decisions

Serve as a model for state and local parks & other open spaces

OVERVIEW
study applications
Study Applications
  • Dissemination of results/lessons learned from the CDC – NPS assessments & experience
  • Adaptation of tools for state/local parks, recreation areas & public open spaces
    • Pilot in 2012
  • Tools planned to be available online

for partners in summer 2012

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Please contact me with:

Current health promotion work in state/local parks, recreation areas or public open spaces

Interest in piloting/applying assessment tools

LCDR Alyson B. Goodman, MD, MPH

770-488-5105

[email protected]

Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity

Obesity Prevention and Control Branch

partnering with state parks

Partnering with State Parks

Ruth Coleman

Director

California State Parks

President

National Association of State Park Directors

continuum of park agencies
Continuum of Park Agencies

Federal

State

Regional

County

City

District

concession language
Concession Language
  • Network of farmers
  • Healthy Foods
  • No sugar-added beverages
  • Interpretive materials and demos
    • Food and quality of life
    • Cooking demos
track trails
Track Trails
  • Promote Play in Natural Areas
  • Highlight existing trails
  • Bring in new users
  • Self guided program – brochures and signs
contact
Contact

For More Information contact:

Nina Gordon

Senior Policy Coordinator

California State Parks

[email protected]

(916) 653-9377

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