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

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

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Abstract

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.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

 

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