To understand the early determinants of child obesity in order to design appropriate and effective prevention strategies that will improve the health of young children, the Center will collaborate with Westat, UCLA researchers and other members of the research team in the development and implementation of the "WIC Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study" (WIC ITFPS-2) evaluation.
For the "WIC Nutrition Education and Food Package Impact Study" (NEFPI), the CWH evaluated cross-sectional data collected from adult WIC participants at three time points following the implementation of the new WIC food package, and assisted with manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals and with preparation of presentations for professional conferences.
For the "Evaluation of the WIC Nutrition Education and Food Package Impact Study" (NEFPI), the CWH evaluated cross-sectional data collected from adult WIC participants at three time points following the implementation of the new WIC food package.
The CWH, in collaboration with investigators at UCLA, will help sites develop the nutrition component of the WIC Worksite Wellness program (WWW), develop tools to assess the nutrition-related outcomes, and report on outcomes of the nutrition component of the WWW program.
The Center assessed the impact of maternal food insecurity, past and/or current, on child feeding practices that may be related to overweight and obesity among low income families enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
A rigorous controlled study evaluated whether a new and creative approach of using Learner Centered Education (LCE) to promote fruit and vegetable intake among preschool children and their families was more effective than traditional education.
The Center conducted a literature review and needs assessment, and developed an evaluation methodology for the State WIC program "Finding the Teacher Within", a new and innovative learner centered educational method.
Improving Self-Efficacy of Nutrition Educators implemented and evaluated the effectiveness of enhancing client education through a staff health promotion model. The model was adapted from a California Fit WIC staff wellness program that demonstrated a significant positive impact on self-efficacy in educating WIC clients to improve their nutrition and physical activity.
The focus of the California WIC Childhood Obesity Prevention Project (FitWIC) project was to determine the changes that state WIC agencies and local WIC sites needed to make to be more responsive to the problem of childhood obesity.