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Virtual Populations for Obesity Prevention (VPOP)

New York City, NY, United States


To develop suites of simulation models of communities, cities, and regions that allow decision makers and stakeholders (e.g., policy makers, funders, public health officials, school officials, and business professionals) to design and test various obesityprevention measures, policies, and interventions. For obesity prevention and control, simulation models can serve as “Virtual Population Laboratories” (VPOP Labs) for decision makers in a community, city, or region to: • Determine the factors and relationships that may be leading to obesity • Forecast future scenarios and impact • Design and plan obesity-related policies and interventions • Assess the potential impact of policies or interventions, including their potential secondary and tertiary effects and unintended consequences • Guide and prioritize data collection by identifying data gaps and demonstrating the effects of having better information.

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