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About the course
This e-Learning course is self-paced and organized around five core modules, each with its own learning objectives and outcomes. This course will provide UNICEF staff members and relevant partner organizations with the necessary technical foundation to begin gathering evidence for, programming around, and reporting on the prevention of childhood overweight and obesity within their context. It introduces the scope and scale of the problem, relevant existing global mandates and regulatory frameworks to address the problem, evidence-based interventions to implement, and the role of politics.
- UNICEF staff members at the global, regional, and country levels
- Relevant partner organizations
Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:
- Understand the problem of childhood overweight and obesity
- Describe the drivers and effects of childhood overweight and obesity
- Understand the need for comprehensive multi-sectoral national strategies to prevent childhood overweight and obesity
- Consider ways to ensure adequate funding for childhood overweight and obesity prevention in the context of multiple forms of malnutrition
- Understand the government's imperative to adopt a child rights-based approach to protect children
- Describe how to define the scope of regulatory measures for childhood overweight and obesity prevention policies
- Identify the evidence-based and cost-effective interventions to prevent childhood overweight and obesity
- Provide tools to support and implement overweight and obesity prevention policies
- Identify data to plan, monitor, and evaluate policies
- Understand the role of politics and the food and beverage industry in childhood overweight and obesity prevention policies
The total duration of this course is 7-8 hours.
This e-Learning course is self-paced and highly interactive. The course’s content is presented via text, graphics, and short audio clips. In addition, it includes 15 expert videos from global thought leaders working at the frontline to tackle childhood overweight and obesity.
Each module consists of 10-25 lessons, followed by a summary and a quiz.
Jo Jewell, Nutrition Specialist (Child Overweight and Obesity Prevention), UNICEF NYHQ