All content tagged with the term "obesity-prevention".
May 1, 2014 -
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October 1, 2012 -
The purposes of this study were (1) to determine the prevalence of overweight and obesity in low-income preschool children in Oklahoma, enrolled in the WIC Program, and (2) to identify potential racial and ethnic disparities. American Indians and Hispanic children had the highest obesity rates. The researchers pointed out the necessity to explore targeting interventions at these high-risk groups.
April 1, 2012 -
The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which NY Fit WIC, a childhood obesity prevention initiative, was adopted and implemented by the New York State WIC Program. All agencies carried out a variety of activities. The researchers suggested that given a very strong adoption of the program, an outcome evaluation was warranted, to help determine behavior change.
March 1, 2012 -
This study assessed the accuracy of measurements collected by WIC staff by comparing them to “gold standard” measurements collected by trained research staff. Results showed that WIC body mass index percentiles accurately classified children as overweight/obese versus underweight/normal with 86% sensitivity and 92% specificity.
January 1, 2012 -
The researchers examined the association between childhood obesity and preschool enrollment and number of hours in child care among low-income preschool-aged children participating in the WIC Program. Children enrolled in preschool for more than 4 days per week were less likely to be obese. Meanwhile, children who watched at least an hour or more per day of TV and videos or who had mothers with higher body mass indices were more likely to be obese.
January 1, 2012 -
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of breastfeeding and sugar-sweetened- beverage (SSB) consumption on the prevalence of overweight and obesity in Hispanic toddlers enrolled in the WIC Program. Results indicated that breastfeeding for 1 year or longer and low SSB consumption during the toddler years could significantly reduce prevalence of obesity in Hispanic toddlers.
October 1, 2011 -
The goal of this study was to assess the accuracy of maternal perceptions of their children’s weight status. Almost all mothers in the study classified their overweight or obese child as being about the right weight. As a result, they might not see obesity interventions as relevant to their families. Researchers concluded that parents need education in two areas: (1) how to identify whether their children are overweight or obese and (2) the consequences of obesity.
November 1, 2010 -
This study investigated the effect of breastfeeding on long-term postpartum weight retention of participants in the North Carolina WIC Program. The research revealed less long-term weight retention among mothers who had breastfed for at least 20 weeks.
June 1, 2010 -
The purpose of this study was to test the feasibility of a pilot study and compare the effectiveness of two approaches to weight management—facilitated group discussions and a self-guided approach, involving newsletters—among postpartum women enrolled in the WIC Program. No significant difference was found between the two groups.
May 1, 2010 -
This study evaluated the success of a WIC-based intervention on changing food and beverage intake, physical activity, and TV viewing of children ages 1 to 5. The intervention influenced TV watching and fruit intake and was particularly protective for children ages 2 and younger. The results provided evidence that WIC is an appropriate setting for health behavior interventions to prevent obesity.