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Title:We Can!
Alt. Title:Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition
Pub. date: 2005
Includes: Homepage
Audience: Parents, Children
Language: English, some material available in Spanish
Description:We Can! stands for Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition. It is a national education program designed for parents and caregivers to help children ages 8 to13 years old stay at a healthy weight. We Can! offers parents and families tips and fun activities to encourage healthy eating, increase physical activity and reduce sedentary or screen time. It also offers community groups and health professionals resources to implement programs and fun activities for parents and youth in communities around the country.
Funding Source: National Institutes of Health
Developer: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in collaboration with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Cancer Institute
Phone: 1-866-35-WECAN (1-866-359-3226)
Pilot Testing: NIH conducted outcome and process evaluation of 14 Intensive Community Sites that ran We Can! after 1 year. Initial parent program assessment results indicated improvements in a variety of knowledge, attitude, and behavioral intent measures for parents. Youth participating in We Can!evidence-based curricula also showed similar gains. These 14 communities reached an estimated 77,000 attendees at community events and forged partnerships with over 90 local organizations. Based on this initial assessment, We Can! Community Sites across the country appear motivated and equipped to help NIH prevent families childhood overweight and obesity.
Reviewers Comments: We Can! provides materials and resources for both health professionals and parents and caregivers to help promote living a healthy lifestyle. We Can! community resources are divided into four categories: implementation and evaluation, promotion, creating partnerships and additional resources. Each category is designed to assist communities along every step of the way in the program. There are several curricula available for communities that teach kids about eating right and moving more. The curricula include:
  • CATCH Kids Club. a nutrition and physical activity program for elementary school aged kids.
  • Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active! a 10-lesson curriculum that focuses on helping young people ages 11 to 13 understand the connections between media and health.
  • Student Media Awareness to Reduce Television (S.M.A.R.T.) a 3rd to 4th grade classroom curriculum designed to motivate children to reduce their television watching and video game usage.

We Can! provides all the materials necessary to start a successful program in any community and free regional trainings geared for a variety of audiences. For general questions, an interactive list-serve connects current program leaders, allowing them to form their own support system and assists new program leaders. A newsletter keeps program leaders up date with new program developments.

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We Can! (Main pagein HTML):
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Health Information Center
    Mail: P.O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20824-0105
    Phone: (301) 592-8573
    Fax: (301) 592-8563
    Ordering: TTY: (240) 629-3255. Web site:
    Cost: 0.00 per
    Avail. in Qty: No

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