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The Children’s Healthy Living Program Multilevel Intervention To Promote Obesity Preventing Behaviors for Young Children in the US-Affiliated Pacific Region

The Children’s Healthy Living Program for Remote Underserved Minority Populations in the Pacific Region (CHL) is a partnership among the remote Pacific jurisdictions of Alaska; American Samoa; Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI); the Freely Associated States of Micronesia (FAS) which includes the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM); Guam; and Hawaii to study childhood obesity among Pacific children, ages 2 to 8 years. The program is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. To address the child obesity epidemic in the Pacific, the CHL Program has the following objectives: (1) Conduct program/data inventories and situational analysis; (2) Train 22 professionals and para-professionals in obesity prevention; (3) Develop a Pacific food, nutrition, and physical activity data management and evaluation system, using assessment data, and aggregate, display and communicate available data pertinent to young child obesity; (4) Develop and conduct a community-based environmental intervention to prevent, maintain, or reduce young child overweight and obesity; (5) Evaluate the environmental intervention; and (6) Incur at least one obesity prevention policy change per jurisdiction.

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