Grenada School Nutrition Study: Evidence to Inform Policy

The World Health Organization's Global Burden of Disease study predicts that non-communicable diseases linked to obesity will create the greatest disease burden in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) by 2030. Given this forecast and the limited success that high-income countries have had in fighting obesity, LMICs can direct their efforts to changing the environments and habits that promote obesity among young people. In Grenada, overweight and obesity rates among teens are relatively low but are starting to rise and cause concern. This project will focus on the teen years as the critical time for establishing a lifestyle to prevent obesity.

The project aims to identify modifiable factors in teens' schools and neighbourhoods that are linked with higher risk of overweight and obesity. This will involve

  • identifying habits and environmental factors that teens define as linked to obesity
  • identifying the food and physical activity-related policies that might best address the challenge of obesity in Grenada, as well as barriers to them being adopted and implemented
  • assessing and measuring levels of physical activity among teens, and
  • obtaining data, as reported by teens, on their food choices and levels of physical activity.

Outputs of the project include a Health Report Card that will be suited for advocacy work, and could be used to influence policy. The researchers plan to write and publish articles in peer-reviewed journals. The project also expects to influence policy through presentations in academic forums and to help inform the work of researchers in other LMICs who want to do similar work.

Project ID

106884

Project status

Active

Start Date

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

End Date

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Duration

36 months

IDRC Officer

Leung, Zee

Total funding

CA$ 340,764

Country(s)

Grenada, North and Central America, South America

Project Leader

Roger Lincoln Radix

Institution

Windward Islands Research &d Education Foundation Grenada Inc.

Institution Country

Grenada

Institution Website

http://etalk.sgu.edu/windref/index.html