CAN DO Houston: A Community-Based Approach to Preventing Childhood Obesity
Published Date:Jun 15 2010
Source:Prev Chronic Dis. 7(4).
Pubmed Central ID:PMC2901586
Funding:DK062148/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS/United States
U48 DP000057/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
UL1 RR024148/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/United States
Comprehensive, community-based efforts may reduce rates of childhood obesity.
Almost half of the children in Houston are overweight or obese, even though Houston has many available resources that support good nutrition, physical activity, and prevention of weight gain among children.
We used existing resources to implement a community-based, childhood obesity prevention initiative in 2 low-income neighborhoods in Houston. On the basis of input from community members, we coordinated various activities to promote healthy living, including after-school programs, grocery store tours, wellness seminars, cooking classes, and staff wellness clubs.
Preliminary findings indicated that residents in the communities are using additional opportunities to participate in physical activity and nutrition education.
Implementing a successful childhood obesity prevention initiative in an urban setting is feasible with minimal funding through the use of existing resources.
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