FIRST 5’s Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative
Early childhood obesity has become an epidemic that our community can no longer ignore.With this in mind, FIRST 5 Santa Clara County formed the Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative in June 2007, co-chaired by Dr. Dan Delgado, Director of the Pediatric Healthy Lifestyle Center at Valley Medical Center. A Policy Workgroup was also formed out of the Collaborative, which is chaired by Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager.
The Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Strategic Plan ensures that early childhood obesity prevention is at the forefront for the whole community through the following:
- Improving access to affordable, healthy food
- Increasing breastfeeding
- Improving feeding and eating practices for young children
- Increasing opportunities for physical activity
- Reducing television watching/screen time and marketing of unhealthy food to children
- Facilitating effective treatment strategies for overweight children in clinical settings
Collaborative and Obesity Prevention Initiative Accomplishments
After one year of community input and research, the Collaborative produced an Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Strategic Plan. The proposed goals and strategies in the plan provide a focus for the work of the Collaborative over the next 5 years, ensuring that the importance of early childhood obesity prevention is at the forefront for the whole community...more
FIRST 5 Early Childhood Policy Workgroup
Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager chairs the FIRST 5 Early Childhood Policy Workgroup. To date the workgroup’s policy efforts have focused on supporting menu labeling including the county ordinance and state-wide bill that has now passed into law.
Article by Supervisor Ken Yeager: “Making The Healthy Choice, the Easy Choice”
Success Story: Pediatric Healthy Lifestyle Center
Juan* and Jose* are twin brothers who were diagnosed with obesity by their primary care provider and referred to the Pediatric Healthy Lifestyle Center.
Over the course of nine months, Juan and Jose's family made remarkable lifestyle changes.
One of the family’s biggest challenges was identifying fun and safe physical activities for the boys. The children needed a healthy way to burn off all their energy.
Upon receiving their TWFK peddleless bike at the Pediatric Healthy Lifestyle Center; the twin boys were immediately cruising their way down the hallways.
Mom says that the twins love their bikes and never get bored of racing each other. They are now graduates of the Pediatric Healthy Lifestyle Center and are on their way to healthier lives.
*Name has been changed to protect confidentiality.