Reports & Publications

Wellness Policies in Early Childhood Education Centers: Growing Fit in Georgia

Healthy People 2020

Legal and policy approaches can be important tools for achieving healthier communities. The report, The Role of Law and Policy in Achieving the Healthy People 2020 Nutrition and Weight Status Goals of Increased Fruit and Vegetable Intake in the United States, provides evidence-based information and identifies priority areas that can help communities achieve Healthy People 2020 objectives.

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Health Empowers You: Impact of a School‐Based Physical Activity Program in Elementary School Students, Georgia, 2015‐2016

Journal of School Health | November 2019

Eric T. Hyde, Julie A. Gazmararian, Shannon L. Barrett‐Williams, Christi M. Kay

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of a comprehensive school‐based physical activity program on student PA across student‐level and school‐level characteristics. Our findings demonstrate the effectiveness of CSPAPs in increasing PA. Most youth in the United States do not meet the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity (PA). The school environment offers an opportunity to engage students in PA.

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Feasibility of a Multicomponent Program to Promote Physical Activity and Nutrition in Georgia Low-Income Early Care and Education Settings

Childhood Obesity | Sept 2018

Kaitlyn K. Stanhope, Erika Bettermann, Elizabeth C.H. Stevenson, Samantha D. Julius, Anusheh Kafi, Christi Kay, and Julie A. Gazmararian

Initial process measures from a multicomponent health promotion program in ECE were promising. An integrated continuous improvement approach to working with child care settings is feasible and likely effective. This article describes the process and intermediate outcomes from a program implemented in 65 Early Care and Education (ECE) centers serving low-income families throughout Georgia during the 2014–2017 school years.

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Bridging Public Health and Education: Results of a School-Based Physical Activity Program to Increase Student Fitness

Sage Journals | November 2017

Shannon L. Barrett-Williams, Padra Franks, Christi Kay, Adria Meyer, Kelly Cornett, Brian Mosier

Power Up for 30 (PU30) is a schoolwide intervention that encourages schools to provide an additional 30 minutes of physical activity during the school day, beyond physical education. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of PU30 on Georgia public elementary schools and their students. Compared with schools that had not implemented the program, more schools using the PU30 program reported offering before- and after-school physical activity programs.

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