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Year 3 Progress Report - February 2013 to January 2014

SUMMARY - YEAR 3: The third year of the Choose to Change project focuses on; (1) re-assessing food outlets; (2) Re-assessing physical activity environments; (3) recruiting cohort 1.5 families; and (4) supporting intervention schools/collaboratives with "I Am Moving I am Learning" booster training and $150 classroom materials. A total of 60 active families from Monongalia County were recruited for Cohort 1.5 along with 73 total active families from Kanawha County.

Year 2 Progress Report - February 2012 to January 2013

SUMMARY - YEAR 2: In the second year the Choose to Change project accomplished: (1) testing of research protocols; (2) recruitment of cohort 1.0 families a total of 146 families were involved; (3) recruited community advisory board members; and (4) launched school intervention.

GOAL: to increase time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity, improve structured movement activities, and improve healthy food choices.

APPROACH: Family fun events that focus on skills to help parents and children "Choose to Change" nutrition and physical activity habits. These community events focused on 4 main themes: (1) "Healthy Families Eat Together"; (2) "Healthy Families Play Together"; (3) "Healthy Families Cook Together"; and (4)"Healthy Summer Splash".


Year 1 Progress Report - February 2011 to January 2012

SUMMARY: West Virginia University in collaboration with West Virginia Head Start and Pre-Kindergarten, Monongalia County and Kanawha County Public Schools, and Choosy Kids, LLC is implementing a five-year project to: (1) examine environmental and behavioral determinants of childhood obesity; (2) use the knowledge base generated by this research to construct, implement, and assess multi-level childhood obesity prevention initiatives; and (3) empower parents, teachers, students, and community members by providing learning experiences and resources to make home, school, and community environments child healthy.

GOAL: to develop and disseminate effective, sustainable, multi-level pediatric obesity prevention strategies.

APPROACH: Community stakeholders, parents, educators, healthcare professionals, and researchers will collaborate to develop sustainable, community-based pediatric obesity prevention initiatives. The project has four distinct phases: 1) a multi-level assessment of behavioral and environmental contributors to obesity in early childhood; 2) analysis of this extensive assessment to inform the; 3) design and implementation of a community-, school-, and home-level intervention; and 4) assessment of the intervention targeted to address the environmental and behavioral barriers to a high quality diet and recommended levels of physical activity. The study involves families with children in school-based and center-based Head Start/pre-kindergarten settings in two West Virginia counties, Kanawha and Monongalia. Intervention content for homes and schools will be based on results of the multi-level assessment process, the vehicles used to deliver the interventions I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) and Family Fun Nights. The main outcomes will be assessed as change in physical activity and eating behavior in children and families from the pre- to post assessment.