The principles are primarily designed for those involved in community-based obesity prevention programs, rather than funding bodies or policy agencies. However, the roles and responsibilities of groups vary between different jurisdictions, and thus some principles may be relevant to funding bodies or policy agencies and not to local programs, in some situations. Overall, it is important to note that the application of the principles would be expected to vary according to the specific context of a program and the scale and scope of a program.
Typically, principles are not themselves practical tools, but form the basis for a variety of applications and tools, such as standards of practice. The main applications of these principles would involve:
- Funding bodies involved in guiding, assessing or monitoring funding grants
- Practitioners and managers working on community projects, for program planning and management purposes
- Practitioners and managers working on community projects, to use as a guide within community coalitions.
- Practitioners and managers to use for advocacy in the negotiation of programs and service agreements.
In the case of community-based obesity prevention, it is particularly apt to acknowledge the potential variations in applications, as one principle relates to the importance of responding to each community's specific circumstances and arrangements.