Healthy Eating Active Living Mapping Attributes using Participatory Photographic Surveys (HEAL MAPPS™) is an engaged discovery program to help community stakeholders identify target audiences’ experience of place-based resources and intervene with PSE strategies to increase easy access to healthy eating and physical activity supports. HEAL MAPPS™ engages people in community‐based participatory research (CBPR) to accomplish two objectives: (1) document attributes of the community/neighborhood environment that are experienced by residents to support or hinder obesity-preventing behavioral patterns, and (2) assess local resources and readiness to implement community‐level policy, systems, and environmental strategies to prevent unhealthy weight gain/overweight and obesity among targeted youth and adult populations. The MAPPS™ method integrates participatory photography and community mapping using global positioning system (GPS) technology, and residents’ voiced perceptions of their community place to explore, understand, and improve the culture and context for health.
Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity
Intervention Type: PSE Change