The california endowment’s healthy eating, active communities program: a midpoint review.
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OBJECTIVES: We conducted a midpoint review of The California Endowment’s Healthy Eating, Active Communities (HEAC) program, which works in 6 low-income California communities to prevent childhood obesity by changing children’s environments. The HEAC program conducts interventions in 5 key childhood environments: schools, after-school programs, neighborhoods, health care, and marketing and advertising.
METHODS: We measured changes in foods and beverages sold at schools and in neighborhoods in HEAC sites; changes in school and after-school physical activity programming and equipment; individual-level changes in children’s attitudes and behaviors related to food and physical activity; and HEAC-related awareness and engagement on the part of community members, stakeholders, and policymakers.
RESULTS: Children’s environments changed to promote healthier lifestyles across a wide range of domains in all 5 key childhood environments for all 6 HEAC communities. Children in HEAC communities are also engaging in more healthy behaviors than they were before the program’s implementation.
CONCLUSIONS: HEAC sites successfully changed children’s food and physical activity environments, making a healthy lifestyle a more viable option for low-income children and their families.