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The Healthy Start Partnership: An Approach to Obesity Prevention in Young Families

Olson, Christine M. PhD; Baker, Ida R. MA; Demment, Margaret M. PhD; Graham, Meredith L. MS; May, John J. MD; Strawderman, Myla S. MS; Wells, Nancy M. PhD

doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000016
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This article investigates the impact of community-based interventions developed by the Healthy Start Partnership (HSP) to promote healthy body weights in families. Intercept surveys were conducted to monitor community exposure. A nonconcurrent, no treatment control design was used to assess population-level weight outcomes. Control (n = 219) and intervention (n = 276) cohorts of pregnant women were recruited and followed until 6 months postpartum. Data were collected through 2 self-administered questionnaires and medical record audits. Results indicate community residents were exposed to interventions. However, little evidence of positive effects of interventions on weight outcomes was found for mothers or infants.

Bassett Healthcare Network, Research Institute, Cooperstown (Ms Baker and Dr May); and Division of Nutritional Sciences (Drs Demment and Olson and Mss Graham and Strawderman) and Department of Design and Environmental Analysis (Dr Wells), Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Correspondence: Christine M. Olson, PhD, Division of Nutritional Sciences, 406 Savage Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 (

The authors wish to acknowledge the contributions of Allan Green, PhD, who was Director of the Bassett Healthcare Network, Research Institute at the beginning of the study; the funding from the US Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, National Research Initiative grant no. 2005-35215-15427; and the work of the HSP members in developing and implementing the interventions.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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