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

PHS is conducting the evaluation of a research project with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) and GrowNYC 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.

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.

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.

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.