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Shedd Meagan K., Stephens Lacy, Matts Colleen, Laney James, November, 2018
Reports & Papers
In 2018, the National Farm to School Network (NFSN), in partnership with the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS), implemented the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey. Similar surveys were conducted in…
Neelon Sara E. Benjamin, Ostbye Truls, Hales Derek, Vaughn Amber, Ward Dianne Stanton, May, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Obesity prevention in young children is a public health priority. In the USA, nearly 10% of children less than 5 years of age are obese, and most attend some form of out-of-home child care. While a number of interventions have been conducted in…
Ostbye Truls, Mann Courtney M., Vaughn Amber, Namenek Brouwer Rebecca J., Neelon Sara E. Benjamin, Hales Derek, Bangdiwala Shrikant I, Ward Dianne Stanton, January, 2015
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background: Obesity is a major public health problem for which early preventive interventions are needed. Large numbers of young children are enrolled in some form of child care program, making these facilities influential environments in children's…
De Marco Allison, Zeisel Susan A., Odom Samuel L., January, 2015
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
In the past 20 years, obesity rates among U.S. children have skyrocketed. In fact, 15.4% of 2- to 4-year-olds in North Carolina, where this study takes place, are obese, making it the 5th worst obesity rate in the nation. Research indicates that…
Cosco Nilda G., Moore Robin C., Smith William R., January/February 2014
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Purpose. To evaluate the effectiveness of Preventing Obesity by Design (POD), a childcare center outdoor renovation intervention. Design. Pre-post intervention evaluation. Setting. North Carolina licensed childcare centers (N = 27). Subjects.…

Moore Robin C., Cosco Nilda G., 2014
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Using a socio-bio-ecological, "one health" conceptual framework, Preventing Obesity by Design (POD) is presented as a system-wide health promotion strategy for North Carolina childcare centers, applying a cost-effective naturalization approach to…
Namenek Brouwer Rebecca J., Neelon Sara E. Benjamin, April, 2013
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background: Americans, including children, consume fewer fruit and vegetable servings than is recommended. Given that young children spend large amounts of time in child care centers, this may be an ideal venue for increasing consumption of and…
Kranz Ashley M., Rozier R. Gary, Zeldin Leslie P., Preisser John S., August, 2012
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
A description of parent- and child-oriented oral health activities of North Carolina's Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs and a comparison of those activities to Early Head Start (EHS) programs, based on data from teachers and family…
Cosco Nilda G., Moore Robin C., Islam Mohammad Zahirul, March 2010
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
A description of methods for the affordance of physical activity in outdoor space in organized child care from behavior mapping data on outdoor environmental characteristics and children's physical activity levels, with examples from two preschool…
McWilliams Christina, Ball Sarah C., Benjamin Sara E., Hales Derek, Vaughn Amber, Ward Dianne Stanton, December, 2009
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
An assessment of the physical activity environments of 96 child care centers from 33 counties across North Carolina, and a comparison of results with the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-assessment for Child Care (NAPSACC) best-practice…
Ward Dianne Stanton, Benjamin Sara E., Ammerman Alice S., Ball Sarah C., Neelon Brian H., Bangdiwala Shrikant I, October 2008
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
A study of the impact of a Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) intervention to promote healthy weight development in preschool children on child care practices, environments, and polieces in 56 intervention…
United States. Administration for Children and Families. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 01 October, 2008
Reports & Papers
Final findings from a two-year implementation evaluation of the Head Start Oral Health Initiative, which provided grants to Head Start programs to design and implement oral health promotion strategies, based on interviews with program directors, a…
Benjamin Sara E., Ammerman Alice S., Sommers Janice K., Dodds Janice M., Neelon Brian H., Ward Dianne Stanton, May-June 2007
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
A study of the influence of a nutrition and physical activity environmental intervention on a convenience sample of 15 intervention and 4 comparison child care centers in 8 counties across North Carolina
Kotch Jonathan, Isbell Patricia, Weber David J., Nguyen Viet, Savage Eric, Gunn Elizabeth, Skinner Martie, Fowlkes Stephen, Virk Jasveer, Allen Jonnell, 2007
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
An examination of the impact of the installation of equipment for diaper-changing, hand-washing, and food preparation that is specifically designed to reduce the transmission of infectious agents on the rate of diarrheal illness among children and…
Benjamin Sara E., 2006
Reports & Papers
The overarching goal of this dissertation was to promote the health of young children in child care through a nutrition and physical activity environmental intervention. This dissertation consisted of three distinct projects including pilot testing…