The SCOPE Initiative and LIVE 5-2-1-0 Message – Implementation and Impact of a Community Based Participatory Project on Childhood Obesity

  • Clark Joseph Fruhstorfer University of British Columbia


Childhood obesity is a wide-spread, complex problem often accompanied by an array of co-morbidities that have substantial influence on the quality of life of children.  In an effort to circumvent this problem, the Sustainable Childhood Obesity Prevention through Community Engagement (SCOPE) was established as a community-based participatory project to disseminate an interdisciplinary, multi-sided prevention initiative – referred to as the LIVE 5-2-1-0 Message. Since its inception, LIVE 5-2-1-0 has formed numerous partnerships with local community organizations that have since implemented diverse actions and activities that have reached children across British Columbia. Moreover, the impact of SCOPE has also been felt on a personal level in the form of ‘Champions’, or local stakeholders/coordinators who maintain LIVE 5-2-1-0 momentum. Taken together, the SCOPE initiative represents a movement that has reached multitudes of people and demonstrated an outstanding ability to engage communities to work together to improve child health. 

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