141st APHA Annual Meeting

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Gaining traction: What New Hampshire has done to move the needle on childhood obesity

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 9:10 AM - 9:30 AM

Beth Wheeler, MS , Foundation for Healthy Communities, Concord, NH
The NH CATCH Kids Club (CKC) project is an initiative that aims to increase physical activity and healthy eating in the out-of-school setting. Aligned with NH's statewide initiative, NH Healthy Eating Active Living (NH HEAL), its goals are to increase the number of out-of-school organizations that: 1) include healthy eating and physical activity in organizational goals; 2) adopt physical activity and healthy eating policies; 3) offer at least 15-20 minutes of daily physical activity; 4) offer healthy snacks. To provide organizations with a comprehensive and sustainable approach, we utilized both the out-of-school CKC program and the NH After School Environment and Policy Assessment (NHASEPA) to help sites meet project goals. Results: In five years, CKC reached 108 sites representing 9 out of 10 counties in NH. Fifty-three trainings were completed, 919 staff were trained, and 29 CKC trainers were developed. From 2010-12, the NHASEPA was utilized with a subset of 25 sites. Of these, 92% made 4+ environmental or policy improvements. The greatest improvements were seen in: 1) Inclusion of physical activity and healthy eating in organizational goals; 2) implementation of inclusive, non-elimination physical activity; 3) adoption of healthy snack policies; 4) non-educational screen time discouraged. Policy and practice changes resulted in increases physical activity time. Our evaluation demonstrated that most project sites offer CKC games at least 25-30 minutes 3 to 5 days/week. Summary: Through training and technical assistance, sites can effectively assess their environments, set measureable goals, and develop strategies that result in increases in activity time.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe efforts to reduce childhood obesity through support for environmental change and evidence-based practices in NH

Keywords: Child Health Promotion, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Beth Wheeler, Director of Community Health at the Foundation for Healthy Communities, works around NH to establish environments, policies and programs that support healthy eating and active living with an emphasis on childhood obesity prevention. With more than 20 years of experience, Beth has worked in a variety of areas including community organization, quality improvement, worksite health and fitness, and education. She holds a BS in Community Health and a Masters in Kinesiology from UNH.
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.