The Iowa Pediatric Obesity Mini CollN State Team recently attended the Pediatric Obesity Nutrition mini Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) meeting June 13-14, 2017 at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, Minneapolis, Minnesota. State team members are Erin Olson, Community Health Consultant -Iowa Department of Public Health; Carol Voss, Nutrition Coordinator – Iowa Department of Public Health; Kelly Hanson, Farm to Early Care & Education Program Specialist -Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children and Haleisa Johnson, Early Childhood Program Coordinator – Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness.
The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) is the administrative lead for this project. This CoIIN was led by a planning committee of experts in pediatrics, maternal and child health, evaluation, children with special health care needs, state public health nutrition, quality improvement and the CoIIN process. State Title V and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1305 funded programs are identified priority partners for this CoIIN.
What are we trying to do? Embed policies and practices that support healthy weight behaviors in early care and education (ECE) systems by December 2017.
Why? To increase the proportion of children ages 2-5 years who fall within a healthy weight range.
Who? Arkansas, California, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are the 13 states selected to participate in this CollN.
The Iowa team is working on facility-level interventions and access to healthy environments. The team will be developing a web-based toolkit promoting the best practices in Farm to Early Care and Education and piloting Farm to ECE activities in 3-5 childcare centers and in-home providers.