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Neelon Sara E. Benjamin, Gonzalez-Nahm Sarah, Grossman Elyse R., Davis Melanie L., Neelon Brian H., Looby Anna Ayers, Frost Natasha, December, 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

OBJECTIVES: Early care and education (ECE) settings have become primary targets for policy change in recent years. In our 2008 study, we assessed state and regional variation in infant feeding regulations for ECE and compared them to national…

Dev Dipti A., Stage Virginia C., Schober Daniel J., McBride Brent A., Kok Car Mun, Ramsay Samantha A., December, 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background National childhood obesity prevention policies recommend that child-care providers educate young children about nutrition to improve their nutrition knowledge and eating habits. Yet, the provision of nutrition education (NE) to children…
Weaver Robert Glenn, Moore Justin B., Turner-McGrievy Gabrielle M., Saunders Ruth P., Beighle Aaron, Khan M. Mahmud, Chandler Jessica, Brazendale Keith, Randell Allison, Webster Collin A., Beets Michael W., August, 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background.—The YMCA of USA has adopted Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards for its afterschool programs (ASPs). Little is known about strategies YMCA ASPs are implementing to achieve Standards and these strategies' effectiveness.…
Vinokurov Andrey, Sweet Shauna, Kimbuende Eric, Turner Mark, June, 2017
Reports & Papers
In recent years, the Executive Branch has increased efforts to improve children's nutrition while providing support to low-income families. In this process, it is especially important that food programs are structured as efficiently as possible to…
Vinokurov Andrey, Sweet Shauna, Kimbuende Eric, Turner Mark, June, 2017
Executive Summary
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS's) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) plays a vital role in efforts to ensure that all children and adults have access to nutritious food. CACFP helps…
United States. Food and Nutrition Service, June, 2017
Fact Sheets & Briefs
The Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act (IPERA) of 2010 (Public Law 111-204) requires all Federal agencies to calculate the amount of erroneous payments in Federal programs and to periodically conduct detailed assessments of vulnerable…
Yoong Sze Lin, Jones Jannah, Marshall Josephine, Wiggers John, Seward Kirsty, Finch Meghan, Fielding Alison, Wolfenden Luke, 25 July, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Background: Childcare services represent a key setting to implement nutritional interventions to support the development of healthy eating behaviours in young children. Childcare-specific nutritional guidelines outlining recommendations for…

Gerritsen Sarah, Wall Clare R. (Rosemary), Morton Susan M. B., June, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Objective: To describe nutrition environments in formal child care for 3- and 4-year-olds. Design: Cross-sectional online survey of nutrition-related child-care policy and practice. Written nutrition policies were analysed using the Wellness Child…
Rasbold Andrea H., Adamiec Ruth, Anderson Michael P., Campbell Janis E. (Janis Elaine), Horm Diane M., Sitton Leslie K., Sisson Susan B., June, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Objective: To determine macronutrients and micronutrients in foods served to and consumed by children at child-care centres in Oklahoma, USA and compare them with Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI). Design: Observed lunch nutrients compared with one-…
Neelon Sara E. Benjamin, Mayhew Meghan, O'Neill Jennifer R., Neelon Brian H., Li Fan, Pate Russell R., June, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background Policies to promote healthy eating in young children appear promising, but are largely untested. Recently, South Carolina implemented mandatory nutrition standards governing child-care centers serving low-income children. Objective This…
Esquivel Monica Kazlausky, Nigg Claudio R., Fialkowski Marie K., Braun Kathryn, Li Fenfang, Novotny Rachel, May, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Objective: To quantify the Head Start (HS) teacher mediating and moderating influence on the effect of a wellness policy intervention. Design: Intervention trial within a larger randomized community trial. Setting: HS preschools in Hawaii.…
Tsui Emma K., Morillo Arelis, April, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Objective: To examine the perspectives and practices of cooks responsible for carrying out healthy meal programmes in publicly funded foodservice, in order to better understand what they consider to be 'good' food and where nutrition and nutritional…
Esquivel Monica Kazlausky, Nigg Claudio R., Fialkowski Marie K., Braun Kathryn, Li Fenfang, Novotny Rachel, February, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background: The increased prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity across the United States and the Pacific has become a serious public health concern, with especially high prevalence among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) children…
Kharofa Roohi Y., Kalkwarf Heidi J., Khoury Jane C., Copeland Kristen A., February, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background: Mealtime best practices for obesity prevention in child care have been developed from experimental studies and expert opinion. Our objective was to describe adherence to best practices in child care centers and to evaluate the…
Stephens Samuel A., February, 2016
Fact Sheets & Briefs
Child care centers, Head Start programs, and family child care providers serving young children--as well as after school programs and homeless shelters that reach older children, adults, and families--are supported in providing healthy meals and…