WE ARE A GLOBAL CENTER
Global problems require global approaches. Communities, cities and countries are increasingly interconnected via food systems, businesses, transportation, media and social media. Any factor, change, policy or intervention can have worldwide reverberations. Tackling such a far-reaching challenge requires communities, countries and stakeholders to cooperate and learn from one another. The GOPC serves as a catalyst for convening experts, stakeholders and projects around the world.
WE USE A SYSTEMS APPROACH
We take a unique approach to preventing and controlling obesity by concurrently studying the many causes that contribute to the obesity epidemic. The food environment, policy, economics, social influences, behavior and physiology all make up the complex system our team is working to impact. Therefore, combating obesity requires a new way of thinking-- an integrated, comprehensive strategy addressing multiple systems is necessary.
WE BRING TOGETHER MANY DISCIPLINES TO WORK ON THE PROBLEM
We connect many disciplines and experts who have not traditionally worked either alone or together on obesity (e.g., computer science, mathematics and engineering) with researchers with decades of obesity-related experience and expertise (e.g., nutrition, psychology, epidemiology and biology). Bringing together new disciplines helps us develop state-of-the-art approaches and methods (e.g., computer simulation models, geospatial tools and social media technology) to control the global obesity epidemic.
WE CONNECT SCIENCE TO POLICY AND ACTION
The GOPC brings together experts, stakeholders and projects from around the world to develop and implement innovative systems strategies to control obesity on a global level. We ensure that the results of our scientific studies are connected to the people who can turn knowledge into action and policy change. For example, our BLIFE computational simulation model provided evidence for a proposed Urban Farm Tax Credit bill in Baltimore City, which was passed in May 2015.