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Academic-community partnerships, based on mutual trust, help facilitate obesity related research and integrate findings into interventions to impact health outcomes.  

Working hand in hand with five Alabama communities to strengthen and create Building Healthy Communities (BHC) coalitions, the OHDRC will build capacity across the state for integrative initiatives to reduce obesity through healthy eating and increased physical activity. Using a train the trainer model, successful initiatives will be replicated and shared at individual, community, and system-wide levels.