Color Me Healthy

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Color Me Healthy was developed in 2000 and continues to be used across NC, the US, and in four other countries. Color Me Healthy is one of the few Evidence-based interventions to address obesity prevention in preschool-age children. The CDC sponsored Center for Training and Research Translation (TRT) awarded Color Me Healthy the distinction of research-tested intervention, the highest level of recognition offered by the Center. We partnered with Idaho to conduct a randomized control trial using Color Me Healthy that revealed sustained changes in fruit and vegetable consumption when the program is implemented. We continue to update the materials based on new dietary guidance.

Expected Outcomes

To improve fruit and vegetable intake and increase physical activity among 4 and 5 year old children in preschool settings.

Key Lessons Learned

Technical assistance will continue to be available from NC State University, [email protected]

Tags

CDC , prevention, childhood, obesity

Cost Details

As of October 2016, the following costs are associated with this intervention: English CMH Kits are available at cost ($80 per kit; $70 per kit for North Carolina + $8 shipping). Training manuals are available for $100. Spanish language CMH Kits are available for an additional $25 per set for orders under 100 and $20 per set for orders over 100.

Key Steps for Implementation

  1. Train local child care providers in how to implement the curriculum.
  2. Provide child care providers with the curriculum, CD, and other materials.
  3. Child care providers deliver the curriculum.
  4. Teachers modify their classroom environments to reinforce the lessons. The Color Me Health Kit includes classroom posters, ideas for bulletin boards, and teacher tips.

Required Staffing (FTEs)

Staff needed to train child care providers. This may be staff with HeadStart, the state health department, Cooperative Extension, The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Programs (EFNEP), Head Start Centers, Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (SNAP-Ed).

English CMH Kits are available at cost ($80 per kit, see cost details below). Spanish language CMH Kits are available for an additional $25 per set for orders under 100 and $20 per set for orders over 100.

Training

Training manual, $100. This is not required.

Return on Investment Details

Partnerships may vary and could include:

  • HeadStart
  • Local public health departments
  • Cooperative Extension
  • The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Programs (EFNEP)
  • Head Start Centers, Child, and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (SNAP-Ed)

Evaluation Strategies and Data Collection Tools

Evaluation Plan: http://centertrt.org/content/docs/Intervention_Documents/Intervention_Evaluation_Materials/Color_Me_Healthy/Evaluation_Plan_CMH.pdf

Logic Model: http://centertrt.org/content/docs/Intervention_Documents/Intervention_Evaluation_Materials/Color_Me_Healthy/CMH_logic_model.pdf

Outcome Measures

  • Number of children recognizing variety of fruits and vegetables when given visual cues
  • Number and/or proportion of children trying new foods
  • Number of planned physical activity minutes in the child care center's schedule
  • Number of servings of vegetables and fruits that children consumed per week while at the child care center

Process Measures

  • Percentage of targeted child care centers adopting the Color Me Healthy program
  • Number of child care providers attending each train the trainer session conducted
  • Number of children in each Color Me Healthy session delivered by each child care center

Program Theory Documents

Evaluation Plan: http://centertrt.org/content/docs/Intervention_Documents/Intervention_Evaluation_Materials/Color_Me_Healthy/Evaluation_Plan_CMH.pdf

Logic Model: http://centertrt.org/content/docs/Intervention_Documents/Intervention_Evaluation_Materials/Color_Me_Healthy/CMH_logic_model.pdf

Additional Resources

Color me healthy website, Center TRT Website: http://www.centertrt.org/?p=intervention&id=1095

Key Contacts

Carolyn Dunn, PhD, RDN, LDN, Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences, NC State University

Snapshot

Topic
  • Diet and exercise

  • Clinical condition: Endocrine disease (diabetes, thyroid conditions)

  • Health System Transformation Oasis

Sector
  • Public health

  • Sports and recreation

Time

Fewer than 12 months

This is a description.

Difficulty

Moderately challenging

Cost

Moderate

Setting
  • Childcare

ROI

To be determined

Age
  • Early childhood 0-5

Geographic Context
  • Urban/large city

  • Suburban

  • Small town

  • Village

  • Rural

Action Areas
  • Partnerships with people with lived experience

    ​​​​​​Patients, family members, and community residents can be one of the best resources because they experience what you are trying to improve, firsthand. Partnering can include everything from engaging them in identifying, prioritizing, and participating in improvement efforts within the care site to serving as champions in community-wide improvement efforts.

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