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Am J Public Health. 2010 Nov;100(11):2114-23. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2010.192781. Epub 2010 Sep 23.

The California Endowment's Healthy Eating, Active Communities program: a midpoint review.

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  • 1Samuels & Associates, Oakland, CA 94612, USA. sarah@samuelsandassociates.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We conducted a midpoint review of The California Endowment's Healthy Eating, Active Communities (HEAC) program, which works in 6 low-income California communities to prevent childhood obesity by changing children's environments. The HEAC program conducts interventions in 5 key childhood environments: schools, after-school programs, neighborhoods, health care, and marketing and advertising.

METHODS:

We measured changes in foods and beverages sold at schools and in neighborhoods in HEAC sites; changes in school and after-school physical activity programming and equipment; individual-level changes in children's attitudes and behaviors related to food and physical activity; and HEAC-related awareness and engagement on the part of community members, stakeholders, and policymakers.

RESULTS:

Children's environments changed to promote healthier lifestyles across a wide range of domains in all 5 key childhood environments for all 6 HEAC communities. Children in HEAC communities are also engaging in more healthy behaviors than they were before the program's implementation.

CONCLUSIONS:

HEAC sites successfully changed children's food and physical activity environments, making a healthy lifestyle a more viable option for low-income children and their families.

PMID:
20864700
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PMCID:
PMC2951940
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