235515 Healthy Kids, Healthy Future: Promising obesity prevention policies and practices in child care

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Chloe Young-Hyman, MA , Nemours Office of Policy and Advocacy, Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children, Washington, DC
Allison Gertel-Rosenberg, MS , Nemours, Nemours, Newark, DE
Sheleen Dumas, MBA, MEd , Associate Deputy Director, NACCRRA, Arlington, VA
Nationally, over 24% of children ages 2-5 are already overweight or obese. In addition to home, school, health care and community settings, child care is an important sector for obesity prevention efforts. Reports from the Surgeon General and the White House underscore the need to address this epidemic by starting with our nation's youngest children. This session will explore how public-private partnerships are being leveraged to identify and spread promising policies and practices for obesity prevention in child care. We will include a specific focus on the role of data in creating initiatives that are responsive to the needs of providers. We will highlight NACCRRA's recent survey on healthy eating and physical activity, the national Healthy Kids, Healthy Future movement, and Nemours' successful multi-sector initiative to combat childhood obesity. Discussion will focus on how to leverage survey data and other resources to implement changes in child care policies and practices (both programmatically and for professional development) around healthy eating and physical activity standards, along with resources for technical assistance, training and practical toolkits that can help providers implement the standards.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1.) Identify and discuss promising policies and policy opportunities at the state and federal level, current best practices and tools, and existing research and research gaps in obesity prevention in early care and education settings. 2.) Analyze the data from NACCRRA’s survey to provide support for the need for training and technical assistance around the areas of healthy eating and physical activity. 3.) Demonstrate where to find a series of web-based, free resources related to obesity prevention in child care.

Keywords: Child Care, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have experience and expertise in the field of obesity prevention in early education settings.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.