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From 2006-2012 Center TRT offered an annual weeklong Obesity Prevention in Public Health Training Course (OP Course) for practitioners working in community and state-level nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention programs. Co-sponsored by the CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) and the University of North Carolina Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP), this training uniquely offered an informal learning environment, with an emphasis on interactive teaching, peer learning and small group workshops.
The OP course integrated strategies for public policy and environmental change in states and communities to advance collaborative efforts and build infrastructure to prevent obesity and other chronic diseases. The primary goal of the course was to promote and support evidence-based practice with a focus on implementing and sustaining effective policy and environmental change interventions. A secondary goal of the OP Course was to encourage and strengthen linkages and mentoring relationships between participants through shared learning experiences, problem solving and networking opportunities. Registration was capped annually to ensure an optimal learning environment for participants.