ERIC Number: EJ1046317
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Evaluation of the Color Me Healthy Program in Influencing Nutrition and Physical Activity in Mississippi Preschool Child Care Facilities
Huye, Holly F.; Bankston, Sarah; Speed, Donna; Molaison, Elaine F.
Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, v38 n2 Fall 2014
Purpose/Objectives: The purpose of this research was to determine the level of implementation and perceived value in creating knowledge and behavior change from the Color Me Healthy (CMH) training program in child care centers, family day carehomes, or Head Start facilities throughout Mississippi. Methods: A two-phase survey was used to initially assess participants' perception of a standardized CMH training session and later to assess overall implementation of the CMH program in child care facilities throughout Mississippi. Chi square and analysis of variance tests were used to analyze the data. Results: Of the 516 child care workers that attended the session, 344 (66.7%) returned the follow-up evaluation. The majority of the participants worked at a childcare center (81.3%), and the average number of children at the center was 75.2 +101.7. At the 8-week follow-up evaluation, significantly more participants reported using nutrition lesson plans for children (83.1% vs. 95.3%) and including a nutrition component (53.5% vs. 80.1%) and a physical activity component (45.3% vs. 72.0%) for parent education (p<0.001). While the other components (child physical activity lesson plans and sampling of new foods) did not increase significantly, the percent of facilities conducting these activities pre-training was above 90%. Application to Child Nutrition Professionals: As statistics of childhood obesity continue to be a concern in the healthcare community, programs such as CMH may give child care providers the opportunity to positively influence child nutrition. This is an important first step in combating obesity in a region with high overweight/obesity prevalence rates among adults and children.
Descriptors: Nutrition Instruction, Behavior Change, Food, Eating Habits, Health Behavior, Child Care Centers, Family Environment, Disadvantaged Youth, Preschool Education, Statistical Analysis, Lesson Plans, Parent Education, Physical Activities, Obesity, Incidence, Program Effectiveness, Child Caregivers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi