Assessing Changes in Regulations at Chicago Child-Care Facilities to Prevent Childhood Obesity
In the fall of 2009, the Chicago Board of Health will adopt changes to child-care regulations intended to improve nutrition standards, establish minimum time requirements for physical activity and set maximum time requirements for screentime. During a two-year voluntary phase-in period child-care providers will receive education and training to facilitate compliance. This study will evaluate the effects of child-care regulation changes on child-care practices and examine how center characteristics influence compliance. Researchers will use a two-group, non-randomized design with two waves of data collection to study the impact of voluntary regulation compliance and a qualitative case-study approach to investigate factors that facilitate and constrain compliance. Study results will provide implementation guidance as the policy becomes mandatory within the two-year framework.
Physical activity (PA) at a young age is an important health behavior to prevent childhood obesity and establish healthy PA habits. Because the majority of preschool-age children attend child-care centers, child-care environment can play an important role in promoting PA among this population. This study examined environmental factors associated with … More
Early life diet and feeding behaviors play an important role in establishing healthy food preferences and behaviors and are crucial for preventing childhood overweight and obesity. Early Care and Education (ECE) providers are key players in the implementation of feeding and dietary guidelines targeting infants and toddlers. This issue brief … More
This executive summary is based on a full report of guidelines developed by an expert panel convened by Healthy Eating Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The guidelines are based on current scientific evidence related to responsive parenting practices. Early life diet and feeding behaviors play … More