Childhood Obesity Studies

Improving childhood obesity outcomes is one of the main goals of the Research & Evaluation team. The studies listed below represent the latest in the long standing research Public Health Solutions continues to conduct. Please contact our research department for more information on each study. 

Improving the Nutritional Health of Young Children and Families in East Harlem (2015-2018).

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and GrowNYC will merge their expertise and approaches to improve healthy food consumption over a three-year period, in a trial aimed at caregivers and their children attending pre-K – first grade in East Harlem public elementary schools. PHS will conduct the evaluation.

First Steps to Healthy Living: Evaluation of New York State Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs (2008-2013).

The primary goal of the project is to assess the impact of the new WIC food package implemented on January 5, 2009 on fruit, vegetable, whole grain, and low-fat milk consumption, initiation and duration of breastfeeding, and child weight/height among WIC participants. This project is in its final phase of data analysis.

Profiles of Participation in WIC and other Healthy Living Programs for Pre-Schoolers in New York (2014-2015). 

A one-year renewal grant funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This grant will fund 1) a study of lifetime participation and experiences in WIC, factors associated with variations in WIC participation, and reasons for non-participation by those eligible; and 2) how mothers combine WIC participation with other resources to support healthy diets and activities for their pre-schoolers and other young children. Data analysis only.

Starting Early …Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative (2011-2016).

This five-year study is a randomized controlled trial (RCT) being conducted by Bellevue Hospital Center and New York University Medical Center to test the effectiveness of a primary care, child obesity prevention program beginning in pregnancy and continuing through the first three years of life.