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Seed Grant Presentations

Below is a list of seed grant project presentations. A complete list of seed grants awarded from 2003 - 2010 is available here.

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Physical Education Instructional Profile and Needs Assessment in Chicago Public Schools
Dr. David Thomas, Illinois State University, and Patricia Faire, Chicago Public Schools.

Profile the delivery of physical education instruction and perform needs assessment of physical education classes in Chicago Public Schools.

Overweight in Chicagoland Preschool Children: Prevalence and Environmental Influences
Dr. Lindsey Turner, University of Illinois at Chicago

Identify the prevalence of overweight/obesity among children ages 3-6 years old in 15 preschool programs and daycare centers.

Preschool-Based Obesity Prevention in Minority Families: A Pilot Study
Marian Fitzgibbon PhD, Northwestern University

Pilot of a 6 week obesity prevention project aimed at Latino preschool children and their parents.

Measuring Community Walkability for Children: How Do Parental/Caregiver Perception(s) Compare to Other Measures of Walkability?
Jan Metzger, Center for Neighborhood Technology

Pilot project supplements the work of the TASK project by evaluating community level barriers to pedestrian activity.

Chicago Public Schools Participation in a Statewide Health/Fitness Project
Elizabeth Verner EdD, Illinois State University, and Weimo Zhu PhD, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

The Chicago component of a Statewide project to develop an on-line, school-based, physical fitness and activity assessment, tracking and education system that can examine the prevalence of obesity, monitor physical activity and nutrition lifestyle habits, and collect information at both the student and teacher/school levels among Illinois youth.

An Ecological Approach to Understanding Factors that Influence Dietary Practices in African-American Children and Their Caregivers
Angela Odoms-Young PhD, Northern Illinois University, Shannon Zenk PhD MSN MPH, Robin Jarret PhD

A multi-method approach to understand factors that influence dietary practices of young African-American children and their caregivers.

Worms, Bees, and Bicycles: A Lively Neighborhood Project to Lower Obesity in Humboldt Park and Logan Square Children
Sara Spoonheim, Faith in Place

A program designed to study the impact of a yearlong intervention -“From the Ground Up/De La Tierra Para Arriba”- on children’s health, behavior, knowledge, and attitudes toward nutrition, physical activity, and environmental stewardship.

Documenting the Impact of a Salad Bar and Nutrition Education Program on Children’s Eating Patterns and Attitudes: A Pilot Study in a Chicago Public School
Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Joanne Kouba MS RD LDN, LaDonna Redmond, Maureen Hellwig PhD, Louise Martinez MPH, and Camille Reid

A program focused on evaluating the impact of the Cool Food pilot project designed to increase the offerings of fresh fruits and vegetables to Chicago Public Schools using salad bars and a nutrition education program.



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