Start at the Beginning!

by lisa lane | Apr 09, 2010
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Summary:

Minnesota pioneered Early Child Family Education (ECFE) classes in the 1970's to strengthen families and enhance the ability of all parents to provide the best possible environment for the healthy growth and development of their birth-preschool age children. Today it is the largest and oldest program of its kind in the nation, serving over 300,000 parents and children annually. Let's take this successful model and pilot using it to also provide quality nutrition & activity education with support to new families. A Licensed Nutritionist with expertise in children, weight management and behavior change would be used as a resource to ECFE classes and teachers. The individual could provide accurate, supportive education and facilitated group discussion. Information and discussion could be targeted at Newborn, Toddler and Preschooler caregivers and children. Prevention is the best solution for Obesity.

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lisa

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lane

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lisa

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lane

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United States, MN, Hennepin County

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Excelsior

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United States, MN, Hennepin County

City

Excelsior

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Start at the Beginning!

Describe your idea

Minnesota pioneered Early Child Family Education (ECFE) classes in the 1970's to strengthen families and enhance the ability of all parents to provide the best possible environment for the healthy growth and development of their birth-preschool age children. Today it is the largest and oldest program of its kind in the nation, serving over 300,000 parents and children annually. Let's take this successful model and pilot using it to also provide quality nutrition & activity education with support to new families. A Licensed Nutritionist with expertise in children, weight management and behavior change would be used as a resource to ECFE classes and teachers. The individual could provide accurate, supportive education and facilitated group discussion. Information and discussion could be targeted at Newborn, Toddler and Preschooler caregivers and children. Prevention is the best solution for Obesity.

How do you define your "community"?

My school district - Minnetonka Public Schools

Tell us how you think the issue of obesity is affecting your community

In my community, obesity greatly harms the health and self image of children and adults.

Why should your idea be selected?

Prevention is the best solution for Obesity. New moms are motivated to adopt lifestyle changes for baby and to lose the 'baby fat'! At young ages, parents are the children's primary and most influential teachers. Role modeling is critical. ECFE provides an ideal forum for education and support about lifestyle that could help a new Mom lose weight and reduce the odds of obesity in her child. Learning healthy eating and activity can make a difference for a lifetime! Having a supportive group to encourage behavior changes, problem solve, or find stroller walking partners is what will make this idea more successful. If I win, my $500 will be donated to family scholarships for participation in this pilot program.

hayworth structure said: You must start at the very beginning before you can even end. You cannot just skip one part to another, because you miss the lesson you ... about this Competition Entry. - 2020 days ago read more >

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