The aim of this study is to create a self-report instrument which will measure the child care nutrition environment and provide evidence for the reliability of scores and validity of inferences from this instrument. By creating a clear, easily understandable instrument that can be used across a range of child care centers to provide reliable and valid assessments of the child care nutrition environment, evaluation efforts focusing on upstream environmental interventions in childcare settings will be enhanced. The target population for this study is multiracial/ethnic preschool children.
Start Date: September 2007
ID #: 63050
Principal Investigator: Dianne Ward, EdD
Organization: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Funding Round: Round 2
Impact of Policies on Physical Activity and Screen Time Practices in 50 Child-Care Centers in North CarolinaThis study assessed whether physical activity and screen-time policies in child-care centers were associated with physical activity and screen-time practices and preschool children’s physical activity. Data were collected from a sample of 50 child-care centers in North Carolina. Center directors completed a survey to assess center-level policies around physical activity and screen time. Research assistants More
Nutrition Policies at Child-Care Centers and Impact on Role Modeling of Healthy Eating Behaviors of CaregiversThis article discusses a cross-sectional study evaluating the associations between child-care center policies about staff eating practices and caregivers’ dietary behaviors during mealtime interactions with children. Researchers observed no substantial associations between caregiver behaviors and center policies. Caregivers were observed modeling healthy dietary behaviors more frequently at centers that had written policies about staff modeling, More