August 12, 2013

Nemours and NICHQ Partner to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Girl on a swing being pushed by her motherNemours and NICHQ (the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality) are partnering on a new project to assist early care and education (ECE) providers in improving the quality of care they provide to young children with respect to nutrition, breastfeeding support, physical activity and screen time. The aim is to spread sustainable policy and practice improvements in ECE programs to prevent childhood obesity.

An estimated 27 percent of children ages 2-5 year old in the United States are overweight or obese and obesity impacts about 12 million children who regularly spend time in ECE settings. Research supports the need to provide healthy eating and active living choices and environments for children at young ages.

Using a learning collaborative approach, 810 centers in six states—Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and New Jersey—that are participating in the project will learn how to implement the Let’s Move! Child Care best practices, along with standards outlined in the Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs. The project builds on a proven model that Nemours in Delaware tested and implemented.

“NICHQ is thrilled to bring our unique combination of world-class quality improvement expertise, effective methods for collaboration and deep obesity content knowledge to the project,” says NICHQ’s Director of Programs Karthi Streb, MPH. “At NICHQ, we have seen time and time again how the learning collaborative approach helps to enhance participants’ capacity to successfully implement proven solutions that lead to large-scale change.”

NICHQ is providing technical assistance, strategic guidance, and faculty expertise in ECE and public health, as well as assisting with collaborative quality improvement, outreach, recruitment, and expansion for the project.

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