The first 1,000 days describes the period from pre-pregnancy through age 2 years, and is increasingly recognized as a critical period for development of childhood obesity. The overall goal of this study is to develop and refine health messaging for future interventions among families living in Washington Heights, a low-income New York City neighborhood with high prevalence of childhood obesity. The proposed research will result in messages to promote healthy beverage intake during the first 1,000 days through various approaches that will be tested in future multi-sector and environmental interventions. Specific aims of this study are to: 1) quantify the associations of attitudes, purchasing behaviors, and consumption related to beverage intake during the first 1,000 days among families enrolled in New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (NYPH-WIC), and 2) examine the acceptability of health messages targeting healthy beverage intake during the first 1,000 days. This study will use cross-sectional surveys of families during the first 1,000 days in NYPH-WIC and in-depth interviews of pregnant women and caretakers of children ago 0-2 years enrolled in WIC; WIC providers; and health care providers (obstetrics and pediatrics).
Conducting Research to Promote Healthy Weight Gain During Children’s First 1,000 Days, Particularly Among Disproportionately Burdened Populations
This study examined the relationship between parental sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) attitudes and SSB consumption during the first 1,000 days – gestation to age 2 years. The study population consisted of 394 WIC-enrolled, Hispanic/Latino families living in northern Manhattan. Parental SSB attitudes were determined through a four question survey that used … More
U.S. states have introduced bills requiring sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) to display health warning labels. This study examined how warning labels influence parents and which labels are most effective. Over 2,000 demographically and educationally diverse parents of children ages 6 to 11 participated in an online survey. Parents were randomized to … More
A Qualitative Evaluation of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program
This research describes findings from interviews conducted with grantees of multi-year community-based and large-scale projects funded by the FINI mechanism, as well as with stakeholders who could speak to FINI on a broader level. A total of 22 interviews were conducted with 19 organizations. Key elements addressed in this evaluation … More