The EPES Foundation recently began conducting the training course of community health promoters for the promotion and recovery of nutritional health, based in a rights- and social determinants of health-approach with an emphasis on gender issues.
The training course is aimed toward women from the municipality of El Bosque who will have the chance to share and reflect about the factors that determine our health. Within the course, the women will be familiarized with and analyze the social factors and conditions that have an impact on overweight, obesity and malnutrition, as well as learning about the diverse proposals oriented to modify the obesogenic environment as a means to recover nutritional health of the population.
In addition, the women will learn and share the experience of cooking balanced meals that are enjoyable and low-cost for families and the community, as well as create strategies to promote nutrition and health at the local level. Among the contents of the course, the main topics include the development of the concepts of health, approaches based in rights and the social determinants of health, and gender issues.
Other topics include the conceptual framework of the determining factors of the food environment in Chile, the epidemiological transition, the commodification of food, the displacement of the traditional diet for ultra-processed foods, and the effects of these on our health, including the prevalence of non-communicable diseases. The course also discusses the impacts of the TPP on the population´s health.
The training course is directed by the Coordinator of the Nutrition Project at EPES, Susana Jiles, who emphasized that ¨in the area of promotion for the recovery of nutritional health, the incorporation of an approach based in the social determinants of health and rights with an emphasis in gender issues permits the realization that the daily act of eating and the nutritional status of individuals depend upon the social, economic, political and cultural conditions in which individuals and social groups live.¨
She also added that ¨in this context, it is the responsibility of the State to create conditions that allow individuals to have decent and healthy living by safeguarding the right to have a culturally- and nutritionally-appropriate diet.¨
The training course also aims to create a space to problematize the obesogenic environment beyond the individual by analyzing the corporations’ strategies that focus on generating high revenue with their ultra-processed products, including for example the publicity aimed at children.
In addition to the theoretical aspect, through Popular Education methodologies, the training workshop includes four sessions of preparing healthy recipes, and the course ends with the planning and implementation of a community-based activity in their own neighbor hoods.