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Lost in translation? Theory, policy and practice in systems-based environmental approaches to obesity prevention in the Healthy Towns programme in England

Sautkina, Elena, Goodwin, Denise, Jones, Andy, Ogilvie, David, Petticrew, Mark, White, Martin and Cummins, Steven 2014. Lost in translation? Theory, policy and practice in systems-based environmental approaches to obesity prevention in the Healthy Towns programme in England. Health & Place 29 , pp. 60-66. 10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.05.006

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Abstract

This paper explores how system-wide approaches to obesity prevention were ‘theorised’ and translated into practice in the ‘Healthy Towns’ programme implemented in nine areas in England. Semi-structured interviews with 20 informants, purposively selected to represent national and local programme development, management and delivery were undertaken. Results suggest that informants articulated a theoretical understanding of a system-wide approach to obesity prevention, but simplifying this complex task in the context of uncertainty over programme aims and objectives, and absence of a clear direction from the central government, resulted in local programmes relying on traditional multi-component approaches to programme delivery. The development of clear, practical guidance on implementation should form a central part of future system-wide approaches to obesity prevention.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: Policy translation; Complex systems; Complex interventions; Obesity; Environment
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1353-8292
Date of Acceptance: 22 May 2014
Last Modified: 08 May 2019 02:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/78549

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