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Mak Toby C. T., Chan Derwin K. C., Capio Catherine M., 20 January, 2021
Literature Review
Peer Reviewed
Recent evidence has emphasized the importance of the early childhood years for developing lifelong physical activity patterns. As such, evidence-informed programs that create opportunities for young children to engage in physical activity are needed…
Bartko W. Todd, Sparr Mariel, Filene Jill H., Frazier Stacy L., February 2021
Fact Sheets & Briefs

This brief provides an overview of the Improving Programs, Policies, and Services to Promote Healthy Development in Middle Childhood in Afterschool Settings Project (MCASP). It presents characteristics of the five study sites along with key…

Bartko W. Todd, Sparr Mariel, Filene Jill H., Frazier Stacy L., February 2021
Fact Sheets & Briefs

Afterschool programs provide opportunities for physical activity for millions of children in the United States. This brief summarizes how five afterschool programs—representing diverse geographic regions, program settings, and served populations—…

Sparr Mariel, Morrison Colleen, Miller Kassandra, Bartko W. Todd, Frazier Stacy L., February 2021
Literature Review

This literature review sought to - Supplement and update existing literature and meta-analytic reviews of social-emotional and behavioral health outcomes achieved in afterschool programs, with a specific focus on those serving children 6 to 12…

James Bell Associates, 2021
Fact Sheets & Briefs

This summary presents the results of a literature review to identify afterschool programs serving children aged 6–12 that report positive outcomes in social-emotional, behavioral, or physical health. (author abstract)

Swindle Taren, McBride Nicole M., Selig James P., Johnson Susan L., Whiteside-Mansell Leanne, Martin Janna, Staley Audra, Curran Geoffrey M., May 12 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Background: Together, We Inspire Smart Eating (WISE) is an intervention for the early care and education setting to support children’s exposure to and intake of fruits and vegetables. WISE emphasizes 4 evidence-based practices (EBPs): (1) use of…

Ezran Marie, Trude Angela C. B., Hepworth Allison D., Black Maureen M., 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Objective: To evaluate demographic differences in parent website engagement in a child care−based wellness intervention. Design: Parent-reported demographic characteristics and observed website engagement were averaged by child care centers…

Dev Dipti A., Garcia Aileen, Tovar Alison, Hatton-Bowers Holly, Franzen-Castle Lisa, Rida Zainab, Reddish Linda, Smith Jasmin A., Burger Christy, Dinkel Danae, Behrends Donnia, Hulse Emily, Sheridan Susan M., March, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Objective: To examine contextual factors that may influence child care providers' motivators for attending nutrition-related training and their preferences and barriers to attending professional development training. Design: Cross-sectional survey…
Mulvey Kelly Lynn, Miedema Sally Taunton, Stribing Alexandra, Gilbert Emily, Brian Ali Sara, May, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Young children typically report primarily same-gender friendships across childhood. However, there is growing awareness of the benefits of gender-integrated friendships and gender integration in schools, especially for social-emotional domains. The…
Hughes Sheryl O., Power Thomas G., Beck Ashley, Betz Drew, Goodell L. Suzanne, Hopwood Veronica, Jaramillo J. Andrea, Lanigan Jane, Martinez AnaMaria Diez, Micheli Nilda, Olivera Yadira, Overath Irene, Parker Louise, Ramos Guadalupe, Thompson Yuri Peralta, Johnson Susan L., March, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Objective: To assess the short-term effects of an obesity prevention program promoting eating self-regulation and healthy food preferences in low-income Hispanic children. Design: Randomized controlled trial with pretest, posttest, and 6- and 12-…
Farewell Charlotte V., Powers Jamie N., Maiurro Emily, Scarbro Sharon, Quinlan Jennie, Puma Jini E., 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background: Changing Policy, System, and Environmental features focused on physical activity and healthy eating behaviors can play a key role in obesity prevention strategies in early childhood education settings because of their broad reach and…
Huye Holly F., Connell Carol Lawson, Dufrene Brad Andrew, Mohn Richard S., Newkirk Caroline, Tannehill Jennifer, Sutton Victor, December, 2020
Other
Peer Reviewed
Objective: To describe the methodology of the Impact of a Preschool Obesity Prevention intervention enhanced with positive behavioral supports. Design: The social ecological model serves as the conceptual framework for this study, which has a within…
Yoong Sze Lin, Lum Melanie, Jones Jannah, Kerr Erin, Falkiner Maryann, Delaney Tessa, McCrabb Sam, Chai Li Kheng, Seward Kirsty, Grady Alice, August, 2020
Literature Review
Peer Reviewed
Objective: To (i) identify and synthesise findings from interventions to improve the dietary intake, physical activity and weight status of children aged 0–6 years attending family day care services; and (ii) assess the impact of interventions on…
Sleet Kaysha, Sisson Susan B., Dev Dipti A., Love Charlotte, Williams Mary B., Hoffman Leah, Jernigan Valarie Blue Bird, January, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background: Establishing healthy eating habits early affects lifelong dietary intake, which has implications for many health outcomes. With children spending time in early care and education (ECE) programs, teachers establish the daytime meal…
Melnick Emily M., Thomas Karen, Farewell Charlotte V., Quinlan Jennie, LaFlamme Deanna, Brogden Diane, Scarbro Sharon, Puma Jini E., July, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Objective: To evaluate the impact of a preschool-based nutrition education programme consisting of twelve ‘hands on’ nutrition education lessons delivered during the school year on young children’s willingness to consume fruits and vegetables.…