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New project examines childcare nutrition policies in St. Louis

​CPHSS received funding for a new project starting in May, 2012 that will examine the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based nutrition and physical activity interventions in St. Louis childcare centers. The $50,000 grant will support the project at CPHSS for 2 years. The project team, headed by Sarah Moreland-Russell, will collaborate with the newly formed Center for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTR) to conduct a study to identify barriers and promoters of the implementation of these interventions. Because children spend considerable amounts of time in childcare centers, nutrition and physical activity interventions in these centers are of critical importance to decreasing the rising prevalence of obesity and diabetes among children.
CDTR was developed by Washington University last fall through a grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. The goal of CDTR is to “significantly improve the prevention and care of diabetes in populations at increased risk of this devastating disease,” says Debra Haire-Joshu, the Center’s director. The four core functions of CDTR are to improve diabetes prevention and care communication, translate research discoveries into better treatments and prevention, improve the design of diabetes studies, and support investigators working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
In this new project, CPHSS is contributing formative research on dissemination and implementation analysis and the policy environment, conducting interviews with childcare providers, state staff, and national experts, and assisting with the development of an assessment instrument. The results of the study will be used to inform policy makers and implementers on how childcare nutrition and physical activity policies can best be put into action. The improvement of the implementation of these policies will help to curb the growing childhood obesity epidemic.

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