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Title:Children and Weight: What Communities Can Do!
Pub. date: 2002
Includes: 5 meeting guides with agendas, presentations; videotape; CD-Rom slide presentation/worksheets
Audience: Nutrition Educators
Language: English
Description:This resource kit was designed for community members interested in establishing and maintaining a community coalition to help improve the health of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligible children and their families. The authors believe that the best way to approach the complexity of childhood overweight is to create environments that promote healthy eating and active lifestyles.

The kit is divided into eight sections. The first section, "Getting Started" includes: an Introduction, First Five Meetings at a Glance, Using a Community Approach, Conducting a Community Assessment, Assembling a Coalition, Group Leadership, Facilitating Tips, and Planning for Successful Meetings. The next five sections are "Meetings Guides" for initiating a coalition and include: Sample Agendas, Notes for Leaders, Presentation Notes and Overheads, and worksheets and handouts that relate to the meeting topic. The next section is titled "Maintaining Momentum" and includes; Sample Agenda for Future Meetings, Successful Group Process, Charting Your Progress: Evaluation, Coalition Activity Report, Project Funding and a Sample Grant. The last section "Resources" includes: Policy, Advocacy, and Action Resource, Nutrition and Physical Activity Resources, Body Image and Self-Esteem Resources, Fundraising Resources.

A primary focus of the material is on building a team, inspiring change, and setting goals and strategies. Meetings are designed to last about two hours and meet every 3-5 weeks. Tips are provided throughout with samples from established coalition project members.

Funding Source: USDA, SNAP-Ed, California Nutrition Network, University of California Cooperative Extension
Developer: University of California Cooperative Extention EFNEP, Fit WIC
Phone: 510-642-2790
Length: 204 pages, 18 minute video
Pilot Testing: Pilot testing for the kit was conducted by seven University of California Cooperative Extension County offices throughout the state. These offices, often working collaboratively with local agencies and organizations, provided helpful feedback on the kitís contents as they went step by step through the meeting guides, launching local coalitions on children and weight.
Assessment instrument Used? No
Use Restrictions: Permission needed to copy.
Reviewers Comments: This well organized and comprehensive kit provides extensive background information on planning and developing a coalition, detailed suggestions for facilitating meetings and accurate research based education components. The meeting guides allow for flexibility to meet the skills and needs of different coalitions and their members. For example, it is suggested that smaller coalitions modify the existing format. Most of the research and resources are specific to California. The kit promotes a positive approach to childhood overweight. Topics and video are culturally sensitive. Authors recommend and provide guidelines for conducting a community assessment and for process and outcome evaluations.
Borrow it from the National Agricultural Library (NAL)
SNAP staff/SNAP-Ed providers can borrow materials from NAL through interlibrary loan.
    NAL Call No.: Kit. No. 427
    Go to Request Library Materials
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources
    Contact: Joanne P. Ikeda
    Mail: UC Communication Services 6701 San Pablo Ave.
Oakland, CA 94608
    Phone: (800) 994-8849 (510)-642-2431
    Fax: (510) 643-5470
    Order URL:
    Cost: 100.00 per item
    Avail. in Qty: Yes
    Bulkrate:Orders for 10-49 items receive 20% discount, orders for 50-99 receive a 25% discount

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