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Global Obesity Prevention Center

Using Systems Thinking for Obesity Prevention and Policy Development


Project Lead: Christine Siokou, PhD




policy pilotThis project has allowed the investigators to pilot a developmental approach to capacity building for systems thinking with health promotion practitioners based in local government and community health organizations in Victoria, Australia. 

Building on a collaboration with co-applicant Dr. Hovmand, the workshop has been delivered in four different local government sites and we have utilized scripts, presentations and group model building methods. 

child obesity pilot Our aim was to enable participants (practitioners and policy makers) to map their local system and identify leverage points in order to ascertain what policy and environmental changes are worth pursuing to address childhood obesity.


Immediate aims of the project have been to determine if a workshop approach and the set of systems thinking tools and concepts it brings can:



Sample Presentation


Sample Publication


Additional Information:
To learn more, please email the Global Obesity Prevention Center at Johns Hopkins here.