Efforts to Increase Reach and Impact of Obesity Prevention Work in Early Care and Education Centers Shows National Promise


WASHINGTON, DC (PRWEB) December 08, 2014

A childhood obesity intervention targeting early care and education providers in six states shows promise for changing nutrition, physical activity and breastfeeding environments that will greatly benefit young children nationwide. This national model, led by Nemours Childrens Health System, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), outlines a successful approach to spread, scale, and sustain proven obesity prevention efforts to increase the reach and impact of such programs. The model is detailed in a case study featured in the December issue of Health Affairs.

The successful spread and scale of our evidence-based early care and education strategy provides both a model and lessons learned for the field as we continue to work together to reverse the alarming trends in childhood obesity, said Debbie Chang, MPH, enterprise vice president of policy and prevention at Nemours Childrens Health System. Focusing on the spreading, scaling and sustaining promising strategies has the potential to increase the reach and impact of efforts in obesity prevention and help ensure their ever-growing impact on population health.

Nemours childhood obesity prevention efforts began in Delaware in 2004 as part of a comprehensive plan targeting early care and education centers, schools, primary care institutions, community organizations, and social marketing efforts. To spread, scale and sustain one of these successful strategies, Nemours launched the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative to prevent childhood obesity in 2012 in six pilot states with $ 4.2 million in initial funding from CDC: Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, and New Jersey. Since the launch, the model was adopted in Kentucky, Virginia, and parts of Los Angeles County in California and the initiative has received an additional $ 7.47 million in CDC funding. Preliminary data indicate significant increases in the percentage of best practices in healthy eating and physical activity that were adopted by early care and education programs in each of the original six states.

The multi-state project supports early care and education providers in improving the quality of care they provide to young children with a focus on improving nutrition, increasing physical activity, reducing screen time, and providing breast-feeding support through a national curriculum and learning collaborative method. The intervention is delivered through state partners, with technical assistance, training, and coaching provided through a national team.

Simply focusing on spread, scale, and sustainability in early care and education is not enough to change the obesity rate in young children. Chang said. Promising strategies across sectors including primary care schools and other community settings must consider spread, scale, and sustainability from the outset using lessons learned from the early care and education sector.”

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About Nemours

Nemours (NAH-mors) is an internationally recognized childrens health system that owns and operates the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware and the Nemours Childrens Hospital in Orlando, Florida along with major pediatric specialty clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. du Pont, Nemours offers pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to all families in the communities it serves. For more information, visit http://www.Nemours.org







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Wildlife SOS to Help Rescue India’s Remaining Circus Elephants


New Delhi, India (PRWEB) November 25, 2014

After eradicating the brutal, centuries-old practice of dancing bears in India, Wildlife SOS is now ready to take the first steps toward rescuing all of the remaining 67 circus elephants in India, in partnership with the Government.

In the first phase of this campaign, Wildlife SOS plans to facilitate the rescue of 17 elephants. The estimated cost of the first phase is $ 1.876 million, which would allow the organization to help rescue these elephants from circuses and move them to elephant rehabilitation centers. This amount will cover investigations, legal costs, the rescue process, transport after rescue, and getting the elephants settled in their new homes. It will not cover ongoing care. Wildlife SOS is launching a fundraising campaign to raise funds for the first phase of the circus elephant project.

One of the circus elephants in need of immediate and urgent rescue is a female named Suzy (name changed to protect her identity).

We have placed Suzy at the top of our priority list for rescue, and hope to bring her to our elephant care center in the near future, said Geeta Seshamani, co-founder of Wildlife SOS. And with the help of caring people around the world, and the cooperation of the Government, she will be just one of more than a dozen elephants we will be able to rescue from the sad circus life in 2015.

Suzy is blind and is suffering from very poor health. Confused and lost, she is forced to stand in her own dung and urine for days. She remains chained all the time except when she is forced to perform tricks. Suzys mental and physical health status is very poor due to a complete lack of veterinary care, no regular exercise, no enrichment, and an unbalanced diet with poor nutrition.

As you can imagine, rescuing 67 elephants is an enormous undertaking, said Kate Schnepel of Wildlife SOS USA, but we are eager to get started, and we cant wait for the day when we can announce that the last circus elephant in the country has been taken into a rescue center.

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JZ Fitness Nutrition App Launches on iTunes

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 20, 2014

JZ Fitness, an independently operated wellness brand that embodies fitness expertise, nutritional coaching, corporate wellness programming, authorship, international lecturing and community wellness, created by Jenn Zerling, MS, CPT, is excited to announce the release of the JZ Fitness nutrition app, available on iTunes.

After many years of coaching thousands of individuals on nutrition, Jenn Zerling (JZ) has developed a pioneering nutrition tracking app that does not require calorie counting or cumbersome food logging.

The JZ Fitness nutrition app acts as a built-in nutrition coach offering more than 50 sample meals and a nutrition template and logging system featuring an automated response system directly connected to data entries. An exercise tracker highlights fitness progress for each week. For users who find themselves plateauing or in dire need of guidance, the “Ask JZ” function offers information from JZ for a nominal fee question cost.

Theres an obsession with numbers, from how many steps an individual walks per day to calorie counting/food points to to lead healthier lifestyles. However, everyone is uniquely created and one persons fitness regimen may not work for the other, i.e. proper meal balancing (too much protein and not enough healthy fats for example) and severely cutting calories to the point where an individual may plateau and eventually, drop out of health programs due to frustration.

JZ Fitness nutrition app compares to other nutrition apps:

FOOD LOGGING:

Other Nutrition App: Breakfast sample: egg whites with an apple.

JZ Fitness Nutrition App: Aware of gender, current weight and health goals, JZ Fitness simplifies measuring portions and macro-nutrients. Simply log egg whites and JZ auto-prompt asks how much and based on the amount, the app will provide serving guidelines: a protein serving is too low or too high with adjustment suggestions

EXERCISE TRACKER:

Other Nutrition App: Exercise trackers arent included; lacking a visual to track fitness execution for the week?

JZ Fitness Nutrition App: Weekly fitness-minute tracking is available on the homescreen

COMMUNITY RESPONSE:

Other Nutrition App: Community responses from non-experts (opinions vs. facts)

JZ Fitness Nutrition App: Ask JZ function provides answers to questions pertaining to specific health goals

*nominal fee per inquiry

FEEDBACK:

Other Nutrition App: Lack of plateau-breaking feedback

JZ Fitness Nutrition App: Daily feedback based nutrition intake and exercise entries

NUTRITION INTAKE:

Other Nutrition App: Macronutrient percentage summaries lacking next steps for insufficient nutrition intake

JZ Fitness Nutrition App: Auto responses to all food logged entries

AUTO PROMPTS:

Other Nutrition App: No auto prompts

JZ Fitness Nutrition App: Auto prompts appear if logged meals and exercise are not input into the system

ABOUT JENN ZERLING, MS, CPT:

Jenn Zerling (JZ) is a life-long athlete, lover of life and people, and wishes to help America break the chains of obesity. JZ provides customized nutrition coaching and fitness training services designed to help people optimize the lives of individuals through optimal nutrition, fitness and lifestyle.

JZ has an M.S. in Kinesiology, and holds multiple certifications in personal training, spin, nutrition and yoga. Her leadership experience includes: directing the fitness and nutrition department for Cenegenics Beverly Hills; clinic management for several Lindora Medical Weight Loss Clinics in Southern California; Fitness and General Management for the Sports Club/LA; and fitness programmer for all high schools involved in Matthew McConaugheys non-profit foundation, Just Keep Livin. She also developed and operates a successful corporate wellness program for South Bay BMW. JZ recently partnered up with Stay Fit Housing as their Director of wellness for all their guests.

JZs fitness and nutrition writings can be found in multiple media resources (including JZFitness.com), and she authored the book, Breaking the Chains of Obesity, 107 Tools. She is a fitness presenter at national conferences.







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