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Prev Chronic Dis. 2010 Jul;7(4):A88. Epub 2010 Jun 15.

CAN DO Houston: a community-based approach to preventing childhood obesity.

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  • 1University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas 77030, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Comprehensive, community-based efforts may reduce rates of childhood obesity.

COMMUNITY CONTEXT:

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.

METHODS:

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.

OUTCOME:

Preliminary findings indicated that residents in the communities are using additional opportunities to participate in physical activity and nutrition education.

INTERPRETATION:

Implementing a successful childhood obesity prevention initiative in an urban setting is feasible with minimal funding through the use of existing resources.

PMID:
20550846
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PMCID:
PMC2901586
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