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Global Obesity Prevention Center

Joel Gittelsohn, PhD, MSc

Director of Community Interventions
Professor, Department of International Health, Center for Human Nutrition
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

For the past 24 years, Dr. Gittelsohn has focused on developing, implementing and evaluating community-based programs for the primary prevention of chronic disease in disadvantaged ethnic minority populations.  Dr. Gittelsohn has led multiple food source-centered intervention trials aimed at improving the food environment and providing skills and nutrition education needed to support healthy food choices in the Marshall Islands, on multiple American Indian reservations and First Nations reserves, in Baltimore City, and for Native Hawaiian communities.

Dr. Gittelsohn developed a multi-institutional program for diabetes prevention in First Nations, which was extended to five American Indian communities (OPREVENT), and a multi-level program for child obesity prevention in Baltimore City (BHCK) which is currently underway.  These programs have shown success in increasing knowledge, healthy food purchasing and consumption of healthy promoted foods at the consumer level, in reducing obesity, and in improving stocking and sales at the retail level.

Representative Publications:

Full list of publications here.