Food & Fitness RAP

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How can I participate in a RAP Training Workshop?

We hold workshops based on the interest and request of RAP users. Currently there is no set schedule for training workshops and we are traveling around the country to host workshops at various regional sites based on interest in using the RAP Manual. Individuals or organizations interested in hosting a RAP training workshop are encouraged to contact us to discuss different training workshop formats.

What is the difference between the “Food & Fitness RAP Manual” and the “Food & Fitness RAP Practicum”?  

The Food & Fitness RAP Manual is the book that is available to download (by chapter) on this website. This book describes the RAP history, methodology, a complete listing of all the checklists developed and various other resources. The Food & Fitness RAP Practicum is currently only available to attendees of the Food & Fitness RAP workshop.  The Practicum is a complement to the Manual as it describes in detail how to use each of the specific methods described in the Food & Fitness RAP Manual.

How can I obtain a hard copy of the RAP Manual or RAP Practicum?

Currently, the only way to obtain a RAP Manual is to download chapters from this website. The RAP Practicum is only available to participants in the training workshops. There are plans to publish both of these products in the near future to make them widely available. We will update you as soon as we know more.

How can using anthropological, qualitative methods be “Rapid”?

The RAP methodology is rapid because it is focused. RAP is applied anthropology to a particular topic of interest. The goal of the Food & Fitness RAP is not to learn everything about a specific community or population but rather everything about the food and/or fitness environment as it relates to childhood obesity.  Therefore the same qualitative, anthropological methods can be used but results can be produced in a more rapid fashion.

Who can use the Food & Fitness RAP methodologies?

The Food & Fitness RAP provides community-based organizations, health workers, researchers and social scientists, teachers and interested community members with guidelines for conducting rapid assessments of individuals’ health-seeking behavior, behavior involved in maintaining health and overcoming ill­ness. While, the RAP is based on anthropological methods, one does not need an advanced degree in anthropology to use the Food & Fitness RAP Manual. However, one does need organizational skills and, most important, the ability to develop rapport with people and to ac­curately record and transmit their views, beliefs, and behaviors.

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