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DuPage's Only Provider of Head Start Takes Aim at Childhood Obesity in Minorities
Date:10/7/2008

is comprehensive approach to all of its 14 Head Start/Early Head Start classrooms.

"Childhood obesity and chronic disease are disproportionately affecting African American and Latino children. A lifelong commitment to nutrition and healthy lifestyles is the strongest tool we have to prevent the development of preventable chronic disease in children," said Kim Perez, Lifelink vice president of Child & Family Services.

Perez notes that the Color Me Healthy(TM)/Salud Primero curriculum has a proven track record. It won an education award from the North Carolina Association of Cooperative Extension Specialists as well as the Dannon Institute Award for Excellence in Community Nutrition. The curriculum was cited for its early intervention in the learning process and its lifelong impact on the participant's healthy lifestyle choices.

Color Me Healthy(TM)/Salud Primero curriculum highlights/goals

-- 100 percent of Lifelink Head Start and Healthy Families staff will be

trained in the curriculum

-- 100 percent of children, ages 3-5, will participate in nutrition and

exercise curriculum

-- 90 percent of Head Start teachers will spend at least one hour per week

dedicated solely to nutrition topics and exercise sessions

-- 100 percent of children will be introduced to healthy fruits and

vegetable tastings

-- 100 percent of children will indicate they understand the correlation

between movement, nutrition and health by the end of the program's

inaugural year.

-- 60 percent of parents will attend 15 or more nutrition/exercise

training sessions

-- 100 percent of parents will receive curriculum newsletters and handouts

-- 50 percent of parents will indicate they have made positive changes in

diet and exercise

-- 75 percent of parents will indicated they have been screened for

diabetes and other chronic diseases

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