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Together We Inspire Smart Eating: A Preschool Curriculum for Obesity Prevention in Low-Income Families

  • Leanne Whiteside-Mansell
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    Address for correspondence: Leanne Whiteside-Mansell, EdD, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 521 Jack Stephens Dr #530, Little Rock, AR 72207; Phone: (501) 686-7633; Fax: (501) 686-8421
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    Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
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  • Taren M. Swindle
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    Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
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      Few young children consume recommended level of fruits and vegetables.
      • Grimm K.
      • Kim S.
      • Yaroch A.
      • Scanlon K.
      Fruit and vegetable intake during infancy and early childhood.
      High-quality preschool programs often provide food experiences to expose children to healthy food options.

      Subchapter B—The Administration for Children and Families, Head Start Program: ECLKC. http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/policy/45-cfr-chap-xiii. Accessed February 13, 2017.

      Head Start: National Center on Health. Health Services Newsletter: family style means. https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/health/docs/health-services-newsletter-201503.pdf. Accessed June 5, 2017.

      However, personal experiences of early childhood educators may inhibit their ability to create a nurturing environment at mealtime and to educate children about nutritious foods. Together, We Inspire Smart Eating (WISE) was developed to support educators of young children.
      • Swindle T.
      Setting the TABLE: teaching and bringing nutrition learning to early education.
      • Swindle T.
      • Kyzer A.
      • Johnson D.
      • Whiteside-Mansell L.
      Identifying family nutritional deficiencies: the usefulness of the Family Map Health Module.
      • Ward W.
      • Swindle T.
      • Kyzer A.
      • Whiteside-Mansell L.
      Low fruit/vegetable consumption in the home: cumulative risk factors in early childhood.
      • Swindle T.
      • Whiteside-Mansell L.
      • McKelvey L.
      Food insecurity: validation of a two-item screen using convergent risks.
      • Swindle T.
      • Ward W.
      • Whiteside-Mansell L.
      • et al.
      Pediatric nutrition parenting impacts beyond financial resources.

      Whiteside-Mansell, L Swindle T, Swanson M, et al. Early predictors of long-term obesity development in impoverished families. In: 2009 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Seattle, WA; 2013.

      • Swindle T.M.
      • Whiteside-Mansell L.
      • McKelvey L.
      Food insecurity: validation of a two-item screen using convergent risks.
      • Swindle T.M.
      • Ward W.L.
      • Whiteside-Mansell L.
      • Bokony P.
      • Pettit D.
      Technology use and interest among low-income parents of young children: differences by age group and ethnicity.

      Swindle TM, Ward WL, Bokony P, Whiteside-Mansell L. A cross-sectional study of early childhood educators’ childhood and current food insecurity and dietary intake [published online ahead of print December 12, 2016]. J Hunger Environ Nutr. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19320248.2016.1227752.

      The WISE curriculum is intended to be used in weekly food experiences in preschool such as Head Start and schools using the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

      Food and Nutrition Service. Evaluation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. https://www.fns.usda.gov/evaluation-fresh-fruit-and-vegetable-program. Accessed March 16, 2017.

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