alexa Healthy Caregivers-healthy Children: Promoting Pediatric Nutrition In Preschool Children
ISSN: 2161-0665

Pediatrics & Therapeutics
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JOINT EVENT on 11th International Conference on Clinical Pediatrics & 2nd International Conference on Pediatric Surgery
June 29- July 01, 2017 London, UK

Ruby Natale
University of Miami School of Medicine, USA
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Pediatr Ther
DOI: 10.4172/2161-0665-C1-040
Background: There is a need for pediatric nutrition based programs that target young children in an effort to reduce the obesity epidemic. Obesity in children associates with elevated cholesterol and elevated blood pressure and tracks from childhood to adulthood. Currently, the science needed to promote successful implementation of primary prevention practices, under naturally occurring conditions, is poorly developed. We describe here the outcomes of “Healthy Caregivers, Healthy Children (HC2)” an obesity prevention program with young children. Methods: A randomized controlled trial was conducted with 1101 children ages 2 to 5-years-old. The intervention focused on three components to support and encourage cardiovascular health: environmental changes related to food consumption and physical activity in the centers, a classroom curriculum, and family and teacher education regarding healthy role modeling behaviors. The primary outcome was the child’s body mass index (BMI). Results: At 6 months post-intervention, children in the intervention centers were significantly more likely to consume fresh vegetables fruits (p.006) and vegetables (p.001) as compared to the control centers. 91% of parents who increased buying vegetables had children whose BMIs either stayed the same or improved (p=0.01), and 92% of parents who increased buying fruits had children whose BMI either stayed the same or improved (p=0.03). Conclusions: The goal of this project was to develop and evaluate a multifaceted obesity prevention intervention targeting lowincome, multiethnic children ages 2 to 5. These findings support efforts to implement healthy weight programs in the childcare setting as a means of primary prevention.

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