Diet-related disparities among indigenous youth are driven, in part, by excess sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and limited access to drinking water. Water is K’é targets environmental change at early childhood education (ECE) sites and community-wide systems change to promote a Diné culture of health. ECE sites will select and implement site-based and community-level changes to address three aspects of water security: safety, access, and promotion. The aims of this project are to: 1) Implement Water is K’é and measure its impact on water and SSB consumption among children ages 2 to 5; 2) Measure the impact of Water is K’é on caregivers’ attitudes and behaviors; and 3) Establish a community Advisory Group to improve the intervention and develop PSE recommendations in collaboration with regional stakeholders. Six ECE sites in Northern Navajo Nation will implement Water is K’é with a target population of approximately 120 children and their caregivers. Among children, we will measure water and SSB consumption and body mass index. Among caregivers, we will measure perception of water safety, attitudes toward Diné water traditions, and how often they offer water to children.
Expanding and evaluating a community-based intervention to increase healthy beverage consumption by Navajo preschool children
The USDA Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides critical nutrition assistance to lower-income women, infants, and young children. During the coronavirus pandemic, unemployment has risen to levels greater than experienced during the Great Recession, and food insecurity has also increased, making WIC’s role more important … More
Stories of Success: A Qualitative Examination of Contributors to Excellence in School Drinking Water Access
Drinking water instead of beverages with added sugar can help prevent obesity and cavities and promote overall health. Children spend much of their day in school, where they have variable access to drinking water. In 2010, federal and state law required California public schools to provide free potable water to … More
Policymakers worldwide are considering requiring warnings for sugary drinks. A growing number of experimental studies have examined sugary drink warnings’ impacts, but no research to our knowledge has synthesized this literature. To inform ongoing policy debates, this study aimed to identify the effects of sugary drink warnings compared with control … More