Early care and education (ECE) programs are important settings for obesity prevention, but limited research provides insufficient evidence upon which to base policy decisions, practice guidelines, or mobilized efforts to improve healthy eating and physical activity in these settings. In September 2011, a multidisciplinary group of experts met to identify and prioritize research directions for obesity prevention in ECE settings. This paper discusses the research issues and priorities identified during that meeting.
Expert and Stakeholder Consensus on Priorities for Obesity Prevention Research in Early Care and Education Settings
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Determining eLearning Preferences to Inform Beverage Policy Training for Early Care and Education Teachers
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