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Schanzenbach, Diane Whitmore; Thorn, Betsy – Future of Children, 2020
Nutrition is vitally important both during pregnancy and during a child's early years. Inadequate nutrition during this critical period can harm children's health and developmental outcomes throughout childhood and into adulthood. Thus, write Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach and Betsy Thorn, it's particularly important that young children have adequate…
Descriptors: Nutrition, Child Health, Public Policy, At Risk Persons
Scorza, Pamela; Monk, Catherine – ZERO TO THREE, 2019
The transition to parenting (Galinsky, 1987) can be a tumultuous time, particularly when parents have experienced traumatic and stressful life circumstances. Interventions to help these parents often focus on the first 2 years after birth because of the importance of this sensitive period for babies' developing brains. However, we describe…
Descriptors: Pregnancy, Stress Variables, Trauma, Prenatal Influences
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Smedley, Jenna; Jancey, Jonine M.; Dhaliwal, Satvinder; Zhao, Yun; Monteiro, Sarojini M. D. R.; Howat, Peter – Health Education Journal, 2014
Objective: This study aimed to determine women's reported health behaviours (physical activity, diet, weight management) before and during pregnancy, and to identify sources of health information. Design: Retrospective study incorporating quantitative (a self-completed survey) and qualitative (one-on-one interviews) methods. Methodology:…
Descriptors: Females, Pregnancy, Health Behavior, Exercise
Ogle, Peggy – 1983
The resource guide is intended to help practitioners develop curricula in human growth and development for developmentally disabled students. A matrix guide is presented for evaluating clients in three domains (social identity, health and hygiene, and physiological identity). Behavioral indicators are then noted which relate to adaptive behaviors…
Descriptors: Child Development, Developmental Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Health
Colorado Children's Campaign, 2011
A woman's behaviors during pregnancy can have a significant influence on her baby's healthy development. Women who smoke or drink alcohol during pregnancy, go without prenatal care or suffer from poor nutrition are more likely to experience complications during pregnancy or childbirth, and their babies are at increased risk for developing a number…
Descriptors: Pregnancy, Risk, Nutrition, Child Health
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Steppe, Johnathan D.; Blake, Barbara J.; Dyal, Mari-Amanda; Bailey, Theresa S.; Porter, Kandice J.; Thompson, Jon – Health Education Journal, 2020
Objective: Each year, humanitarian groups provide health education programmes and interventions to underserved communities in Nicaragua. The purpose of this study was to identify the health education needs of a small community in rural Nicaragua to inform health education programming. Design: Mixed methods approach that used a quantitative survey…
Descriptors: Health Education, Needs Assessment, Rural Areas, Intervention
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Bravo, Irene M.; Noya, Melissa – Child & Youth Care Forum, 2014
Background: Culture is a universal phenomenon, but most interest about culture during pregnancy has focused on medical care, neglecting psychological aspects of normative development. Objective: The purpose of this article was to examine normative gestational experiences using the framework of a broaden and build model of culture, positive…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Pregnancy, Prenatal Influences, Youth Programs
Snapper, Kurt J.; Ohms, JoAnne S. – 1978
This second biennial report on children presents information pertaining to children, discusses the implications and use of such information in planning for children, describes certain historical trends affecting children, and provides updates of statistics and significant expansions on many topics covered in the 1975 report. Part A examines basic…
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Children, Community Services, Demography
Spann, Marisa; Smerling, Jennifer; Gustafsson, Hanna C.; Foss, Sophie; Monk, Catherine – ZERO TO THREE, 2014
Measuring and understanding fetal neurodevelopment provides insight regarding the developing brain. Maternal nutrient intake and psychological stress during pregnancy each impact fetal neurodevelopment and influence childhood outcomes and are thus important factors to consider when studying fetal neurobehavioral development. The authors provide an…
Descriptors: Pregnancy, Brain, Child Development, Nutrition
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Wijaya-Erhardt, Maria; Muslimatun, Siti; Erhardt, Juergen G. – Health Education Journal, 2014
Objective: To assess the effects of a health and nutrition educational intervention on maternal knowledge, attitudes and practices. Design: Pre- and post-test design using structured interviews of pregnant women. Setting: Thirty-nine villages in Central Java Province, Indonesia. Method: Pregnant women (N = 252) at 12-20 weeks of gestation were…
Descriptors: Risk, Prevention, Diseases, Nutrition
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Hunger. – 1986
The Domestic Task Force of the House Select Committee on Hunger met to hear testimony on women and hunger in Appalachia and on food assistance programs and legislation, including H.R. 2100, the 1985 farm bill. Introductory remarks by task force members outline the bill's food assistance provisions, which include increased funding for food stamp…
Descriptors: Childhood Needs, Community Programs, Economic Factors, Eligibility
Colorado Children's Campaign, 2011
Adequate consumption of nutritious, wholesome foods is essential to the healthy development of young children. Unfortunately, many households throughout the U.S. and Colorado struggle to put sufficient food on the table. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the percentage of American families who reported experiencing…
Descriptors: Nutrition, Child Health, Obesity, Low Income
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Joyce, Ted; Racine, Andrew; Yunzal-Butler, Cristina – Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2008
Recent analyses differ on how effective the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is at improving infant health. We use data from nine states that participate in the Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System to address limitations in previous work. With information on the mother's timing of WIC enrollment, we…
Descriptors: Pregnancy, Organizations (Groups), Program Effectiveness, Federal Programs
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Rossin-Slater, Maya – Future of Children, 2015
Children who are healthy early in life--from conception to age five--not only grow up to be healthier adults, they are also better educated, earn more, and contribute more to the economy. The United States lags behind other advanced countries in early childhood health, threatening both the health of future generations and the nation's long-term…
Descriptors: Health Promotion, Intervention, Socioeconomic Status, Young Children
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Monk, Catherine; Georgieff, Michael K.; Osterholm, Erin A. – Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2013
Background: Accumulating data from animal and human studies indicate that the prenatal environment plays a significant role in shaping children's neurocognitive development. Clinical, epidemiologic, and basic science research suggests that two experiences relatively common in pregnancy--an unhealthy maternal diet and psychosocial…
Descriptors: Mothers, Prenatal Influences, Cognitive Development, Pregnancy
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