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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Urban Hydroponics, Inc. (OTCQB:URHY), a Nevada corporation (Urban Hydroponics or, the Company) today announced it has signed a Binding Letter of Intent (LOI) to merge with three Canada-based companies in the urban cultivation sector – Urban Cultivator Inc. (Urban Cultivator), BC Northern Lights Enterprises Ltd. (“BC Northern Lights), and W3 Metal Inc. (W3 Metal and together with Urban Cultivator and BC Northern Lights, the Target Companies). Pursuant to the LOI and an earlier non-binding term sheet, Urban Hydroponics, to date, has made working capital bridge loans to the Target Companies in an aggregate amount of $ 880,000 from funds it raised in a private placement to non-US persons.

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The commercial scale Urban Cultivator is used by some of the top restaurants and hotels in the world including the Four Seasons and the Fairmont, both in Vancouver. High end chefs turn to the Urban Cultivator to help them provide the freshest and best tasting experience for their customers. The Urban Cultivator can save restaurants $ 500 to $ 1500 per month in the cost of greens. Moreover, restaurants can promise their customers that greens grown on their premises in the Urban Cultivator are cultivated without pesticides and harmful chemicals and are harvested at peak nutritional value then plated within minutes. Executive Chef of Four Seasons Vancouver, Ned Bell, has emphasized that The Urban Cultivator is a vital component to our culinary mission of incorporating fresh, local and sustainable ingredients into our menus.

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BC Northern Lights is a British Columbia-based manufacturer of indoor hydroponic grow boxes serving the sector since 2001. BC Northern Lights offers seven different grow box combinations that help both the novice and professional grower through each stage of the production cycle.

Every BC Northern Lights grow box is a fully automated hydroponic growing appliance, made with premium parts and electronics and comes with all essential supplies including CO2 setup, nutrients, bulbs, pumps, and an electronic timer.

BC Northern Lights employs 13 people. Its estimated, unaudited annual revenues for 2014 are expected to be approximately $ 2.5 million. The web address for BC Northern Lights is http://www.bcnorthernlights.com.

W3 Metal is a British Columbia-based metals fabricator that specializes in the manufacture of hydroponic grow boxes for Urban Cultivator and BC Northern Lights. It is expected that he integration of W3 Metal into the post-merger company will help ensure the highest standards of quality control for the metal components and manufacture of the Urban Cultivator appliances and the BC Northern Lights growboxes.

Urban Hydroponics Principal Executive Officer Frank Terzo stated, This proposed merger transaction will bring public two of the leading name brands in hydroponics. Urban Cultivator and BC Northern Lights appliances have received accolades from trade publications and high-profile users alike. The increasing awareness around eating locally grown, higher nutrition foods that reduce our carbon footprint is a driving force behind the expanding growth of this market. We look forward to completing this merger transaction by the end of the calendar year.

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