HC Link’s latest issue of @ a glance, Community-based Strategies for Healthy Weight Promotion in Children and Youth, presents a summary of community-based intervention strategies recommended to address childhood obesity. Sources of evidence include academic and grey literature from Canadian, US and European contexts.This resource is intended as an overview of prevention/intervention strategies to support readers in their own work. There are four main strategies in all, and for each strategy is a review of the quality of evidence supporting its use. This “Review of Evidence” draws primarily from a 2012 report by Wilson, Guindon, Baskerville & Gauvin from McMaster University, in which systematic reviews on each set of strategies were rated based on the quality of the review’s methodology.
This new resource can serve as a starting point for service providers and advocates to learn more about this topic and to share other successful strategies. Readers can further explore the academic and grey literature referenced to help inform the development of local strategies.