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Swindle Taren, Phelps Joshua, Schrick Britney, Johnson Susan L., December 1 2021
Reports & Papers
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The early care and education (ECE) environment has the potential to affect both children and their families. Food insecurity in ECE and its management may be an important influence. Objectives of this mixed methods study were to (1) elicit…

Romo-Palafox Maria Jose, Ranjit Nalini, Sweitzer Sara J., Roberts-Gray Cindy, Byrd-Williams Courtney E., Briley Margaret E., Hoelscher Deanna M., August, 2018
Reports & Papers
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Background Sweet drinks early in life could predispose to lifelong consumption, and the beverage industry does not clearly define fruit drinks as part of the sweet drink category. Objectives To ascertain the relationship between beverage selection…
Romo-Palafox Maria Jose, Ranjit Nalini, Sweitzer Sara J., Roberts-Gray Cindy, Byrd-Williams Courtney E., Briley Margaret E., Hoelscher Deanna M., 2017
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Background: U.S. preschool children consume inadequate amounts of key nutrients. Understanding the contents of lunches packed by parents and consumed by their children can help identify areas of opportunity for the development of healthy food…
Mendoza Jason Anthony, Baranowski Tom, Jaramillo Sandra, Fesinmeyer Megan Dann, Haaland Wren, Thompson Debbe, Nicklas Theresa, May, 2016
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Introduction: Reducing Latino preschoolers' TV viewing is needed to reduce their risk of obesity and other chronic diseases. This study's objective was to evaluate the Fit 5 Kids (F5K) TV reduction program's impact on Latino preschooler's TV viewing…
Kong Angela, Buscemi Joanna, Stolley Melinda R., Schiffer Linda A., Kim Yoonsang, Braunschweig Carol L., Gomez Sandra L., Blumstein Lara B., Van Horn Linda, Dyer Alan R., Fitzgibbon Marian L., February, 2016
Reports & Papers
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Introduction: The preschool years provide a unique window of opportunity to intervene on obesity-related lifestyle risk factors during the formative years of a child's life. The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of a preschool-based…
Roberts-Gray Cindy, Briley Margaret E., Ranjit Nalini, Byrd-Williams Courtney E., Sweitzer Sara J., Sharma Shreela, Romo-Palafox Maria Jose, Hoelscher Deanna M., 08 January, 2016
Reports & Papers
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Background: Lunches that parents pack for their young children to eat at school or the Early Care and Education (ECE) center fall short of recommended standards. Lunch is in the Bag is a multi-level behavioral nutrition intervention to increase…

Sharma Shreela, Rashid Tasnuva, Ranjit Nalini, Byrd-Williams Courtney E., Chuang Ru-Jye, Roberts-Gray Cindy, Briley Margaret E., Sweitzer Sara J., Hoelscher Deanna M., December, 2015
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Objective. To evaluate the effectiveness of the parent- and early care education (ECE) center-based Lunch is in the Bag program on communication between parent, child, and their ECE center providers around fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods (…
Romo-Palafox Maria Jose, Ranjit Nalini, Sweitzer Sara J., Roberts-Gray Cindy, Hoelscher Deanna M., Byrd-Williams Courtney E., Briley Margaret E., November, 2015
Reports & Papers
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Background Eating habits are developed during the preschool years and track into adulthood, but few studies have quantified dietary quality of meals packed by parents for preschool children enrolled in early care and education centers. Objective Our…
Sweitzer Sara J., Byrd-Williams Courtney E., Ranjit Nalini, Romo-Palafox Maria Jose, Briley Margaret E., Roberts-Gray Cindy, Hoelscher Deanna M., August, 2015
Reports & Papers
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As early childhood education (ECE) centers become a more common setting for nutrition interventions, a variety of data collection methods are required, based on the center foodservice. ECE centers that require parents to send in meals and/or snacks…
Buscemi Joanna, Kanwischer Katelyn, Becker Adam B., Ward Dianne Stanton, Fitzgibbon Marian L., March, 2015
Other
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The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) urges policymakers to help prevent childhood obesity by improving state regulations for early care and education (ECE) settings related to child nutrition, physical activity, and screen time. More than three…
Sharma Shreela, Hedberg Ann Marie, Dortch Katherine Skala, Chuang Ru-Jye, Lewis Tamara Michelle, February, 2015
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Garden-based lessons are gaining popularity as a means of increasing fruit and vegetable intake among children. The study objective was to pilot test a garden-based preschool curriculum for feasibility and acceptability in Harris County Department…
Nicklas Theresa, Liu Yan, Stuff Janice E., Fisher Jennifer O., Mendoza Jason Anthony, O'Neil Carol E., December, 2013
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Objective: To examine the variability of food portions served and consumed by African-American and Hispanic-American pre-school children attending Head Start. Design: Cross-sectional. Setting: Food consumption by pre-schoolers (n 796) enrolled in…
Sharma Shreela, Dortch Katherine Skala, Byrd-Williams Courtney E., Truxillio Jeanette B., Rahman Gulshan A., Bonsu Pamela, Hoelscher Deanna M., April, 2013
Reports & Papers
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Head Start teachers are responsible for providing nutrition education to over 1 million low-income children annually, yet little is known about their nutrition-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. The purpose of this study is to assess the…
Sweitzer Sara J., Briley Margaret E., Roberts-Gray Cindy, Hoelscher Deanna M., Harrist Ronald B., Staskel Deanna M., Almansour Fawaz D., July 2010
Reports & Papers
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A study of the effect of participation in Lunch Is In The Bag, a five week parent and teacher intervention, on the number of servings of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in children?s lunches, based on data from 132 parent-child dyads in 6 child…
Chang Ellen T., Zheng Tongzhang, Weir Edward G., Borowitz Michael, Mann Risa B., Spiegelman Donna, Mueller Nancy E., 2004
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A study examining the potential relationship between childhood social environments and incidence of Hodgkin's lymphoma