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8 Summary of Workshop Themes
Pages 113-118

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From page 113...
... McKinnon reminded participants that the workshop's purpose was twofold, • to explore the ways in which measurement techniques, strategies, and data sources can impede or accelerate progress toward pre venting obesity; and • to explore what additional knowledge of environments and policies is needed to assess progress toward obesity prevention. McKinnon noted that "people used the term ‘measures' to mean many different things" in the course of the workshop -- for example, as (1)
From page 114...
... PROGRESS AND GAPS IN AVAILABLE MEASURES Measurement strategies and techniques are a critical foundation for research, McKinnon observed, adding that a study may be well-designed and data rigorously analyzed, but if the basic measures, the assessment tools, are not valid and reliable, true associations between exposures and outcomes may not be understood. A relatively recent review of measures of the food and physical activity environments notes that although much progress has been made, further progress is needed (McKinnon et al., 2009)
From page 115...
... The public health community might benefit instead from analysis of value (in terms of health outcomes) for money spent that can be used to compare the effectiveness of one intervention versus another.
From page 116...
... However, potentially helpful commercially available data sources are often costly, and thus researchers frequently are limited in their access to such data. Furthermore, communication between the food marketing and public health communities regarding these research data is not well established.
From page 117...
... , strategies, and data sources. The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research's Measures Registry and Catalogue of Surveillance Systems may be helpful resources in this regard.
From page 118...
... 2009. Measurement of the food and physical activity environments: Enhancing research relevant to policy on diet, physi cal activity, and weight.

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