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Healthy Food Choices in Schools: Nutrition + Active Play + Parenting = SUCCESS

A webinar on September 17, 2014 debuted a new curriculum developed by the Collaboration for Health, Activity and Nutrition in Children’s Environments (CHANCE) at Cornell University entitled Healthy Children, Healthy Families: Parents Making a Difference (HCHF). This curriculum was developed to combat unhealthy weight gain, to promote healthy eating and activity, and to reduce chronic disease among low-income children through dialogue and collaboration with parents and other influential adults who shape the environments where children live, learn, and play.

Tisa Hill, the CHANCE program leader, presented a pilot program that rolled out in New York State in a low-income area. Included in the pilot program were workshops for parents that focused on nutrition, active play, parenting role-play, and behavior change. Implementing this new HCHF pilot in New York proved to be successful in improving consumption of healthy food, increased physical activity, and improved parenting behaviors among the first 315 low-income parents who completed the curriculum.

Why was Healthy Children, Healthy Families developed?

What are the paths to success for healthy children and healthy families?

The Keys to Success for parents to develop HCHF concepts at home include:

These same HCHF keys used outside the home may include:

You can view a recording of the webinar.