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Swindle Taren, Phelps Joshua, Schrick Britney, Johnson Susan L., December 1 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

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…

Agard Becky, Zeng Nan, McCloskey Morgan, Johnson Susan L., Bellows Laura, September 2021
Reports & Papers
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Background: Establishing physical activity (PA) and motor behaviors in early childhood are important for developing healthy activity behaviors. Parents play a central role in shaping young children’s PA and fundamental motor skills (FMS). This…

Williams Bethany, Sisson Susan B., Dev Dipti A., Lowery Bryce, Horm Diane M., Campbell Janis E. (Janis Elaine), Finneran Denise A., Graef-Downard Jennifer, Whaley Linda, June 2021
Reports & Papers
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The influence of community-built environments on physical activity (PA) support in Early Childhood Education settings (ECEs) is unknown. The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to determine associations between community PA environments and…

Kang Augustine W., Gans Kim M., von Ash Tayla, Castagneri Danielle, Dionne Laura, Tovar Alison, Risica Patricia, May 2021
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Obesity prevalence among Hispanic children is twice that of non-Hispanic white children; Hispanic children may also engage in less physical activity (PA) compared to non-Hispanic white children. A large number of U.S. preschool-aged children are…

Fan Xumei, Linder Sandra M., D'Amico Leigh Kale, White Kelley Mayer, Pawloski Tammy, 2021
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The impact of children’s health, wellbeing, and family environment on their learning and development is evident. Identifying the needs of children and their families is the first step to effectively developing and implementing programs that…

Holmes Jennifer F., St. Laurent Christine W., Spencer Rebecca M., 2021
Reports & Papers
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Unhealthy dietary choices are associated with poor sleep in children through adults. Yet, how diet and sleep are related in early childhood, when diet is reliant on parent choices around food availability, is unknown. The authors aimed to explore…

Jackson Dylan B., Testa Alexander, December, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Food insecurity is a serious public health concern, affecting approximately 15 million children in the U.S. alone. Exposure to household food insecurity has been linked to a host of deleterious outcomes among infants and children, including…

Lee Kyunghee, December, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This study examined the association between enrollment duration and health treatment outcomes among migrant Head Start children. Children (n=1,399) were divided into two groups: those who enrolled for 1 year and those who enrolled more than 2 years…
Hoyniak Caroline P., Bates John E., McQuillan Maureen E., Staples Angela D., Petersen Isaac T., Rudasill Kathleen Moritz, Molfese Victoria J., October, 2020
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Background: Sleep is thought to be important for behavioral and cognitive development. However, much of the prior research on sleep’s role in behavioral/cognitive development has relied upon self?report measures and cross? sectional designs. Methods…
Miccoli Antonela, Toussaint Loren L., Hansen Carina K., Smith Latasha M., Lynch Brian A., September, 2020
Reports & Papers
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Background: Childhood obesity represents a public health crisis in the United States. Thus, focusing on early childhood is crucial to modify the consequences associated with obesity. The Food and Fitness Initiative (FFI) is a community-based…
Messiah Sarah E., Atem Folefac, Lebron Cynthia N., Ofori Ashley, Mathew M. Sunil, Chang-Martinez Catherina, Natale Ruby, September, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Objectives Previous obesity prevention studies in preschool-age children have included non-Hispanic Black (NHB) children, but few have investigated between-subgroup differences even though there may be cultural risk and protective practice…
Markides Brittany Reese, Crixell Sylvia Hurd, Page Jessi deGruy, August, 2020
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Objectives To compare diet quality of convenience samples of children 2–3 and 4–5 years attending 11 of 75 childcare centers in Hays County, Texas to a nationally representative sample, as part of a needs assessment to inform a childcare center-…
Miles Elly M., Dmitrieva Julia, Hurwich-Reiss Eliana, Badanes Lisa S., Mendoza Marina M., Perreira Krista Marlyn, Watamura Sarah, Q3 2020
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The "Latino Health Paradox" denotes a well-established trend wherein foreign-born Latino immigrants arrive with protective health benefits which dissipate and sometimes reverse into health disparities in the second and subsequent generations. The…
Iruka Iheoma U., DeKraai Mark, Walther Janell, Sheridan Susan M., Abdel-Monem Tarik, Q3 2020
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According to Bronfenbrenner's bioecological theory (Bronfenbrenner & Evans, 2000), children's early development and learning are influenced by multiple systems, including the microsystem (e.g., family poverty level), mesosystem (e.g., home-…
Martoccio Tiffany L., Senehi Neda, Brophy-Herb Holly, Miller Alison L., Horodynski Mildred A. Omar, Kaciroti Niko, Contreras Dawn, Peterson Karen E., Lumeng Julie C., July, 2020
Reports & Papers
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Background: Behaviour problems and obesity are related but research findings have been inconclusive regarding the direction of effects. Objectives: This study examined the cross-lagged associations between behaviour problems, body mass index (BMI)…