Healthy Communities is an interdisciplinary reading group comprising of students, researchers, and practitioners who are interested in bridging the gap between evidence and practice in improving health. Specifically, the group aims to bring together faculty members and students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to consider interventions that would benefit the health of communities around us, to examine the challenges associated with implementing them, and to gather data and evidence to address these issues.
In the past few semesters, the Healthy Communities reading group has focused on understanding the influence of ‘norms and nudges’ on health behaviour. We developed and conducted two surveys to find out about the dietary patterns of the residents at CAPT, as well as the role social norms play on influencing these behaviours among CAPTains. The group has outlined multi-pronged interventions to ‘nudge’ the CAPT community to make healthier dietary choices. Building upon data from the previous two surveys, and using the literature to guide us, we will take on a more “hands on” approach this semester by carefully refining, implementing, and evaluating interventions to encourage CAPTains to make healthier dietary choices around the College.