Projects

Childhood, diabetes and healthy eating, WDF17-1463

WDF17-1463
A project to provide staff and families at public kindergartens in the municipalities of Chia and Cota (total estimated population 125,000) with capacity to promote healthy lifestyles among children between the age of 2 and 5 years

Objectives

1. Make child caregivers aware of the importance of educating children about healthy eating

2. Develop skills in the educational community (parents, caregivers, teachers, senior management and local authorities) to promote healthy eating habits from early childhood

3. Build institutional capacity for preventing diabetes from early childhood

Approach

Operational research component with baseline survey through a) nutritional and anthropometric screening of children, and b) interviews and focus groups with children, teachers and parents at each kindergarten to understand current dietary behaviour; survey outcomes to guide project implementation; endline survey to follow up; required record systems to be established, allowing close monitoring at all sites.

Sensitisation activities among the educational community (i.e. children, parents, teachers, kindergarten managers and local authorities) about healthy dietary habits; children at risk of diabetes referred for treatment.

Training of educational community to promote healthy dietary habits from early childhood through development of educational material, dialogue with educational authorities, ‘food festivals’, joint learning workshops, and introduction of healthy meals at targeted kindergartens.

Advocacy workshops to present project outcomes to educational community and authorities with the purpose of adjusting pre-school policies, food access environments and curriculum.

Expected results

  • Pilot intervention implemented at 15 kindergartens with approx. 20 children in each; in total 300 children reached
  • At least 60 teachers and 300 families sensitised, trained and enrolled
  • Data systematically collected concerning 300 children’s BMI, dietary habits and physical activity

 

Project information

Project nr.: 
WDF17-1463
Project Status: 
Ongoing
Interventions and focus areas: 
Primary focus area: 
Region: 
South and Central America
Country: 
Colombia
Partners: 
Educar Consumidores, Columbia Consumer Education Association
Project responsible: 
Dr Esperanza Cerón Villaquirán
Project period: 
2018 to 2020
Project budget: 
EUR 115,625
WDF contribution: 
EUR 100,000

Expected results

  • Pilot intervention implemented at 15 kindergartens with approx. 20 children in each; in total 300 children reached
  • At least 60 teachers and 300 families sensitised, trained and enrolled
  • Data systematically collected concerning 300 children’s BMI, dietary habits and physical activity