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Early Childhood Obesity Prevention

Welcome to the one-stop ECOP shop for health care professionals, local public health agencies and community advocates!

 

This webpage aims to provide early childhood obesity prevention (ECOP) resources and tools to professionals throughout Colorado.

 

Brother-to-be kissing pregnant mother's belly

 

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In 2012, the Prevention Services Division conducted a needs assessment of Colorado health care professionals to assess knowledge, skills, and interests for early childhood obesity prevention (ECOP) professional development opportunities. The assessment identified provider needs and interest for consistent ECOP messages as well as online resources, tools, recommendations, and guidelines for addressing obesity and overweight for infants and children ages 0-5, pregnant women, and women of reproductive age. This webpage aims to provide these resources and tools to health care professionals in Colorado.

 

The resources you will find on this webpage reflect goals and guiding principles of Colorado’s life course approach to prevent obesity in early childhood, and more specifically, the goals of Colorado’s Maternal and Child Health programs and Colorado WIC. The "Life Course Perspective" proposes that environmental exposures, including biological, physical, social, and behavioral factors, as well as life experiences, throughout the entire life span, influence health outcomes in current and future generations. The life course perspective considers specific primary maternal and early childhood health and behavioral factors that are considerable or strong predictors of overweight and obesity risk in early childhood. The target maternal and child health outcomes of the ECOP initiatives are described in the figure below:

 

Pyramid of MCH Outcomes from ECOP Initiatives pdf file  

 

 maternal and child health outcomes from the early childhood obesity prevention initiatives

 
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Contact Information

Tracy Miller, MSPH, RD
Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Specialist
Prevention Services Division
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530