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Promoting a Healthy Weight from Birth

Year: 2021

Strategies to Improve Early Childhood Feeding Practices and Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Obesity

Childhood obesity is a significant public health challenge disproportionately impacting children of color and children from low-income families. To address this, Connecticut has identified improving children’s healthy weight as a priority for the state’s Health Enhancement Communities (HEC) initiative. As the HEC initiative gets underway, it is an opportune time to examine and apply lessons learned from recent childhood obesity prevention projects.

This Issue Brief summarizes findings from four projects in Connecticut focused on improving early feeding practices and reducing obesity disparities. It provides recommendations that can inform the HECs and other child health initiatives. The four projects were funded by the Children’s Fund of Connecticut, the Connecticut Health Foundation, and Newman’s Own Foundation and administered by CHDI.