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Family & Community Health

September 2012, Volume 35 Number 3 , p 192 - 202


  • Tara Agrawal MS
  • Jessica A. Hoffman PhD
  • Marilyn Ahl PhD
  • Urmi Bhaumik ScD
  • Christine Healey MPH
  • Sonia Carter MS
  • Deborah Dickerson BA
  • Shari Nethersole MD
  • Daphne Griffin
  • Carmen Castaneda-Sceppa MD, PhD


This article presents Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures, a multilevel initiative in Boston, Massachusetts, which brings major institutionsʼ missions and resources together to address early childhood obesity prevention. Programming is designed to facilitate healthy eating and physical activity in preschool childrenʼs home, school, and community environments by engaging parents and early childhood educators in the places where they live, learn, and play. This article describes how established interventions were implemented in a novel setting to engage the parents of children attending Head Start and staff, and presents pilot data from the first 2 years of the initiative. Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures is a feasible initiative, which has shown concrete, positive results that can be replicated.

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