Increasing access to water and other healthy beverages and reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages are viable strategies to prevent childhood obesity. In 2014, Georgia (GA) added beverage provisions to child-care licensing regulation. This study will examine the extent to which beverage policies are implemented. The specific aims of this project are to: 1) assess the current status of the implementation of beverage policies in child-care programs in GA through a statewide survey; 2) examine the quality of beverages served, and whether this differs by location of program, income level, and race/ethnicity of children enrolled; 3) use qualitative methods to explore barriers and facilitators to the implementation of beverage policies; and 4) use study findings to inform beverage policy training. The target population for this study includes licensed and license-exempt child-care programs in GA serving children ages 1 to 5.
Examining the Degree of Implementation of Healthy Beverage Policies in Child-Care Programs in Georgia to Inform Health Promotion
Assessing health disparities in foods and beverages served in early care and education programs across Georgia
The goal of this study was to identify whether or not health disparities in foods and beverages served in early care and education (ECE) programs in Georgia exist based on socioeconomic, demographic and geographic variables. A random sample was drawn from 3054 ECE programs across the state of Georgia. The likelihood … More
Serving Their Needs: A Qualitative Examination of Nutrition Policy Implementation in the Early Care and Education Setting
Identifying strategies to assist children in establishing healthy habits is essential to reduce the risk of childhood obesity. The Early Care and Education (ECE) setting is ideal for the implementation of obesity prevention practices. However, there are barriers present for implementing nutrition policies in this setting. This report explores the … More
Determining eLearning Preferences to Inform Beverage Policy Training for Early Care and Education Teachers
This study aimed to determine the eLearning preferences of early care and education (ECE) teachers for an effective beverage policy training. This was a mixed methods study conducted with ECE directors and teachers in 6 regions throughout Georgia. Researchers used an eLearning survey (n = 646) along with focus groups … More