Sensitization Sessions for Healthy Environments : Stakeholders’ Point of View

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État de publication: Publiée (2019 )

Titre du livre: Education Applications & Developments IV

Éditeur: World Institute for Advanced Research and Science (WIARS)


Intervalle de pages: 93-103

ISBN: 978-989-54312-3-6


Résumé: Healthy food choices and regular physical activity are two key behaviours that help prevent the premature development of chronic diseases, obesity and their complications. To raise awareness on the issue, numerous sensitization sessions were held across Quebec to sensitize stakeholders on ways of facilitating healthy environments (physical, economic, sociocultural and political) that promote healthy food choices and active lifestyle. The objectives were to 1) explore the knowledge and skills acquired during the sessions and 2) examine the transfer from sessions toward concrete actions for fostering environments conducive to healthy lifestyles. Individual interviews were conducted with 52 stakeholders (F=41; M=11). The results reveal, first, that most of the stakeholders consolidated or even improved their knowledge and skills and were better able to recognize the four types of environments in their respective workplaces. They also developed a common vocabulary and a better understanding of the the influence of environments on lifestyles. Second, the transfer into action, although possible, was more problematic because the concerted actions needed to facilitate healthy environments are complex. These results will be discussed in light of Kirkpatrick and Kirkpatrick’s four-level pyramid model. Sensitization sessions can be viewed as a societal project encouraging influential stakeholders to develop environments conducive to healthy lifestyles.

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