Survey of eating environments and policies in Head Start

The Foundation's program, Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity, was designed to support investigator-initiated research to identify and assess environmental and policy influences with the greatest potential to improve healthy eating and weight patterns among the nation's children.This study aims to describe eating environments and policies in Head Start at the national level, examining their variation by program characteristics. In partnership with DHHS and USDA, this project will develop a survey to describe eating environments and policies in Head Start (including issues such as food choice, use of nutrient-based standards, community and parent outreach, food service financing, staff training and technical assistance, barriers and facilitators to change), and administer this survey to all program directors nationwide. These data may inform decisions about program changes that might be feasible and effective for preventing obesity. The target population is multi-racial/ethnic preschool-age children, 95 percent of whom are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $399,227.00

Awarded on: 8/22/2007

Time frame: 9/1/2007 - 8/31/2009

Grant Number: 63042


Temple University School of Medicine

3500 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, 19140-4106


Robert Carroll Whitaker
Project Director