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
Parental and Provider Perceptions of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Interventions in the First 1,000 Days: A Qualitative Study
Novel approaches to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption during the first 1,000 days – pregnancy through age 2 years – are urgently needed. This study examined perceptions of SSB consumption and acceptability of potential intervention strategies to promote SSB avoidance in low income families in the first 1,000 days. Themes … More
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
Farm-to-School Education Grants Reach Low-Income Children and Encourage Them to Learn About Fruits and Vegetables
For children from low-income families, school meals are a significant portion of daily caloric intake and hence an opportunity to address food insecurity. Many states have pursued legislation to institutionalize programs such as farm to school that aim to improve the quality of school meals and acceptance of healthy foods … More