Community Capacity Building for Healthy Lifestyles (CBHL) initiative: Engaging communities in childhood obesity prevention in disadvantaged areas

  • Smith, Ben (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Mellor, David (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Oldenburg, Brian (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Polonsky, Michael Jay (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Renzaho, Andre (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Green, Julie (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Horton, Kellie (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Nicholson, Jan (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions but occurs most commonly among disadvantaged populations, a sub-population underrepresented in traditional prevention approaches. Building on our previously completed pilot work on community engagement methodologies, the project will develop and focus-test a new community engagement model to enable disadvantaged communities to more effectively address childhood obesity in their communities. Community engagement is an essential step in the creation of community plans, building social capital, and supporting those from disadvantaged communities to adopt healthy behaviours. The tested model can be adapted to inform large scale population-based interventions (inter)nationally
Effective start/end date1/07/1330/04/17


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD252,000.00
  • Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (trading as VicHealth) (Victoria): AUD75,000.00
  • Raising Children Network (Australia) Limited: AUD10,000.00
  • Parenting Research Centre Inc
  • Deakin University
  • Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD104,893.00