Webinar Series: Advancing Equity in Early Childhood

Webinar Series: Advancing Equity in Early Childhood

Nemours Children’s Health and Healthy Eating Research at Duke University are pleased to announce a new webinar series, “Healthy Kids, Healthy Future: Advancing Equity in Early Childhood.”  Through four webinars, this series will explore how to leverage early care and education settings to achieve equitable health outcomes by highlighting opportunities and advances in: Policy: Webinar… Continue Reading Webinar Series: Advancing Equity in Early Childhood

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ECELC Increases ECE Healthy Practices in 10 States

ECELC Increases ECE Healthy Practices in 10 States

In July 2019, results of the Nemours Children’s Health System’s National Early Care and Education Learning Collaboratives (ECELC) project were published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease. The ECELC project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), involved nearly 1,200 child care programs in 10 states. This collaborative is the largest of… Continue Reading ECELC Increases ECE Healthy Practices in 10 States

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NAPSACC Earns Recognition

NAPSACC Earns Recognition

A March 2019 brief by Healthy Eating Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, states that NAPSACC (i.e.: Nutrition And Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care) has the “best evidence for impact” on obesity prevention in young children. Developed by the Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group at the UNC Center for Health… Continue Reading NAPSACC Earns Recognition

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How to Improve Physical Activity for Children

How to Improve Physical Activity for Children

Physical activity is critical for healthy development in the young, but many children are being left behind. Physical Activity Research Center (PARC) investigators have examined physical activity across built environments, parks and recreation, schools, and rural areas—-all through an equity lens. Years of research tell us there are many influences on young people’s physical activity… Continue Reading How to Improve Physical Activity for Children

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WIC Changes and Effects on Childhood Obesity

WIC Changes and Effects on Childhood Obesity

Researchers evaluated the association of the 2009 changes to the US Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food package and childhood obesity trends. They hypothesized that the food package change reduced obesity among children participating in WIC, a population that has been especially vulnerable to the childhood obesity epidemic. Before the… Continue Reading WIC Changes and Effects on Childhood Obesity

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Policies to Reduce Kids’ Consumption of Sugary Drinks

Policies to Reduce Kids’ Consumption of Sugary Drinks

Leading health organizations call for excise taxes and limits on marketing to children, among other measures; the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Heart Association (AHA) cite strong evidence of association between added sugars and increased risk of heart disease and other long-term health problems. In a joint policy statement, the AAP and… Continue Reading Policies to Reduce Kids’ Consumption of Sugary Drinks

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Small Changes Can Go Far in Preventing Childhood Obesity

Small Changes Can Go Far in Preventing Childhood Obesity

In the United States, the percentage of children and adolescents with obesity has more than tripled since 1970. Today, approximately one in five school-aged children (ages 6 to 19) is obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—and that figure doesn’t include children who are considered merely overweight and not obese. According to… Continue Reading Small Changes Can Go Far in Preventing Childhood Obesity

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Outdoor Play is Key for Young Children’s Health

Outdoor Play is Key for Young Children’s Health

Preschoolers are not experiencing enough outdoor play when not in childcare, new research from the University of Western Australia (UWA) has found. The research may be of interest to early childhood education and care services in encouraging and providing suggestions for families to engage in outdoor activities at home. The research also highlights the importance… Continue Reading Outdoor Play is Key for Young Children’s Health

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Breastfeeding Moms Need A Supportive Workplace As Well As A Private Room

Breastfeeding Moms Need A Supportive Workplace As Well As A Private Room

Despite steps being taken to support breastfeeding mothers in the workforce, there are still about 27.6 million women of childbearing age left without the basic necessities to meet their breastfeeding goals. As a result, moms and their infants are missing out on vital health benefits. In 2015, 4 out of 5 mothers (83.2 percent) began… Continue Reading Breastfeeding Moms Need A Supportive Workplace As Well As A Private Room

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