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Building Capacity for Obesity Prevention
What Is BCOP?
The Building Capacity for Obesity Prevention Project (BCOP) develops tools to help SNAP-Ed and CHC practitioners successfully implement and sustain community nutrition policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) interventions in rural and urban settings. It is a partnership between the PRCHN, The Ohio State University, SNAP-Ed program; and the Ohio Department of Health, Creating Healthy Communities Program (CHC). BCOP is focused on four community nutrition PSEs related to:

  • Farmers Markets
  • Healthy Food Retail
  • Farm to School
  • Healthy eating policies in childcare

PSEREADI.ORG
The PSEREADI.org website features an extensive compendium of worksheets, tool-kits, videos, and other resources. Among these resources are a series of 20 videos that feature public health and SNAP-Ed practitioners as well as community leaders from across Ohio who tackled obstacles and/or leveraged resources related to implementing one of the four community nutrition interventions. 

BCOP has developed a survey assessment called PSE READI. This online tool will allow practitioners or teams of practitioners to assess their organization's or community's readiness and capacity to implement a community nutrition PSE. Users will receive a set of three recommendations and resources targeted to their needs. It's free to take a PSE READI assessment, and users can take it multiple times in order to track their/their team's progress. The PSE READI tool was developed based on feedback from practitioners and community residents in Ohio. The PSE READI tool underwent beta testing during fall 2017. It will be available for widespread use in summer 2018.

PSE READI users can also access county-level reports that provide more information about the socio-economic status, food environment, health and chronic disease status, and fruit and vegetable production in the county where they work. A county report includes maps that show how the user's county currently ranks in comparison to other Ohio counties. 
 
Contact:
Darcy Freedman, MPH, PhD, Principal Investigator
Julie Hewitt, Project Manager