Start Date: February 2017

ID #: 74373

Principal Investigator: Caree Cotwright, PhD, MS

Organization: University of Georgia Foundation

Funding Round: Round 10

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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.

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