ERIC Number: EJ1139626
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
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Implementing a Nutrition and Physical Activity Curriculum in Head Start through an Academic-community Partnership
Zahnd, Whitney E.; Smith, Tracey; Ryherd, Susan J.; Cleer, Melissa; Rogers, Valerie; Steward, David E.
Journal of School Health, v87 n6 p465-473 Jun 2017
Background: Schools may be an effective avenue for interventions that prevent childhood obesity. "I am Moving I am Learning/Choosy Kids"© (IMIL/CK) is a curriculum recommended by Head Start (HS) for education in nutrition, physical activity, and healthy lifestyle habits. Methods: We formed an academic-community partnership (ACP), the Springfield Collaborative for Active Child Health, to promote prevention of childhood obesity, in part, to implement the IMIL/CK curriculum in local HS sites. The ACP included a medical school, HS program, public school district, and state health department. Results: Community-based participatory research principles helped identify and organize important implementation activities: community engagement, curriculum support, professional teacher training, and evaluation. IMIL/CK was piloted in 1 school then implemented in all local HS sites. All sites were engaged in IMIL/CK professional teacher training, classroom curriculum delivery, and child physical activity assessments. Local HS policy changed to include IMIL/CK in lesson plans and additional avenues of collaboration were initiated. Furthermore, improvements in physical activity and/or maintenance or improvement of healthy weight prevalence was seen in 4 of the 5 years evaluated. Conclusions: An ACP is an effective vehicle to implement and evaluate childhood obesity prevention programming in HS sites.
Descriptors: Nutrition, Physical Activities, Community Involvement, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, Obesity, Public Health, Health Programs, Child Health, Preschool Children, Federal Programs, Early Childhood Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois