Summary,and recommendations for research and practice: For healthy eating and physical activity to become the norm for children, the places where they live, learn and play need to foster these behaviors. Community capacity building for obesity prevention in children is the process of building the competencies, structures and resources in civil society required to create these environments. Training is an important component of community capacity building for obesity prevention, but it also involves raising community awareness of health risks, strategies to foster community cohesion, facilitating access to additional resources, developing structures to support community decision making and social and political support. The application of community capacity building models to obesity prevention is relatively new. However, the number of programs that incorporate its components into their designs is growing. At a national level, a network of creative and autonomous communities that provide local solutions to the global problem of obesity is more likely to achieve significant and sustainable behavior change than simply relying on central government.
Preventing Childhood Obesity: Evidence Policy and Practice p. 232-242