UCCE helps community coalitions reduce childhood overweight
California Agriculture 61(3):124-130.
In 2001, UC Cooperative Extension nutrition specialists with the Center for Weight and Health introduced the Children and Weight: What Communities Can Do About It project, with the goal of reducing the prevalence of pediatric overweight. This project was designed to facilitate the formation of community coalitions, and to educate and empower them to improve or create environments that foster healthy lifestyles in children and their families at the local level. The project has been implemented in 13 California counties and by groups across the country. The “Spectrum of Prevention” is featured as a way to address the problem of pediatric overweight from multiple levels, ranging from educating individuals and providers to advocating for systemic and environmental change. Shasta CAN in Shasta County, the Solano County Children and Weight Coalition and the Kern County Childhood Overweight Coalition are presented as models of how coalitions can creatively plan and implement activities across the spectrum.
G.B. Espinosa-Hall is Program Manager, Shasta County Public Health, and was Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE), Shasta and Trinity counties; D. Metz is Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences Advisor, UCCE Yolo and Solano counties, and Yolo County Director; M. Johns is Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences Advisor, UCCE Kern County; D. Smith is Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences Advisor, UCCE Amador and Calaveras counties, and Amador County Director; P.B. Crawford is Adjunct Professor, Cooperative Extension Specialist and Co-Director, Center for Weight and Health, UC Berkeley; K. Siemering is Community Programs Coordinator, University of Wisconsin, Madison; J. Ikeda is UCCE Nutrition Specialist Emeritus, UC Berkeley.
Karen Varcoe, Consumer Economics Specialist, UC Riverside, served as Guest Associate Editor for this manuscript. The Food Stamp Nutrition Education program of USDA funded this project.