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Collaborating for Impact: A Multilevel Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative

Agrawal, Tara MS; Hoffman, Jessica A. PhD; Ahl, Marilyn PhD; Bhaumik, Urmi ScD; Healey, Christine MPH; Carter, Sonia MS; Dickerson, Deborah BA; Nethersole, Shari MD; Griffin, Daphne; Castaneda-Sceppa, Carmen MD, PhD

doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e318250bc25
Evidence-Based Programs Related to Health

This article presents Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures, a multilevel initiative in Boston, Massachusetts, which brings major institutions' missions and resources together to address early childhood obesity prevention. Programming is designed to facilitate healthy eating and physical activity in preschool children's home, school, and community environments by engaging parents and early childhood educators in the places where they live, learn, and play. This article describes how established interventions were implemented in a novel setting to engage the parents of children attending Head Start and staff, and presents pilot data from the first 2 years of the initiative. Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures is a feasible initiative, which has shown concrete, positive results that can be replicated.

Institute of Urban Health Research (Ms Agrawal and Dr Ahl) and Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University (Drs Hoffman and Castaneda-Sceppa); Office of Child Advocacy, Children's Hospital Boston (Drs Bhaumik and Nethersole, and Mss Healey and Dickerson); Action for Boston Community Development, Inc, Head Start Children's Services (Ms Carter); and Boston Centers for Youth & Families, Boston, Massachusetts (Ms Griffin).

Correspondence: Jessica A. Hoffman, PhD, Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, 415 International Village, Boston, MA 02115 (j.hoffman@neu.edu).

This work was supported by generous contributions from Northeastern University and Children's Hospital Boston. The authors thank the participants of Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.