The CWH will collaborate on 2 Special Projects as part of Network for a Healthy California’s work to expand and strengthen selected priority initiatives and programs focused on the Network target populations.
•Healthy Foods, Beverages and Physical Activity Intervention and Evaluation Plan
The “Stress, socioeconomic status, and obesity: Toward an understanding of mechanisms and prevention” project is part of the UCOP Multicampus Research Program (MCRP). The CWH at UC Berkeley , with UC San Francisco, and UC Davis will revive and extend the NHLBI Growth and Health Study (NGHS).
The Center conducted two literature reviews of intervention studies aimed at promoting healthy eating and physical activity in young children (0-5 years old): 1) in child care and preschool settings, and 2) that are family-based.
The Center will significantly increase visibility and reach our target population of children at their schools, in their homes and in their community environments by providing improved and updated nutrition resources to underserved families, schools and communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The focus of Improving Nutrition in Low-income Vietnamese Families was to prevent child overweight, improve pediatric bone health and increase the effectiveness of existing Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program (FSNEP) educational pamphlets for Vietnamese families.
This bridge funding helped to maintain the '05 and '06 cohorts, and to develop and deliver program to the 130 children and their families participating in the Randomized, Controlled Community Intervention to Reduce the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Overweight African American Children.
The 2007 California Childhood Obesity Conference (CCOC ‘07), held in Anaheim, California, addressed the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic. The primary focus was on prevention strategies aimed at high risk and low-income communities.
Food habits are considered to be behavior that does not change quickly as immigrants acculturate. The food environment in the U.S. can be quite different from that in the homeland of many Asian immigrants, who may be unable to retain their traditional food patterns due to cost and/or availability, and who may not have been previously exposed to aggressive food marketing.
The Center provided technical assistance for the Eat Smart. Play Hard. ™ California! program, which tackled the problem of childhood obesity by providing a supportive, educational environment for a child and an adult pair to learn about nutrition and fitness while having fun together.
The Family Fitness: Child Care Healthy Eating and Activity project promoted the balancing of healthy eating and physical activity among food stamp eligible parents and children. The project engaged families in child care sites in Contra Costa, Shasta and LA Counties.