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Preventing Chronic Disease | A Conceptual Framework forOrganizational Readiness to Implement Nutrition and PhysicalActivity Programs in Early Childhood Education Settings -CDC

education  exercise  CDC  child  preschool  diet  pediatrics  health promotion  program evaluation  Preventing Chronic Disease  PCD  health education  Early Intervention (Education) 

Across multiple sectors, organizational readiness predicts the success of program implementation. However, the factors influencing readiness of early childhood education (ECE) organizations for implementation of new nutrition and physical activity programs is poorly understood. This study presents a new conceptual framework to measure organizational readiness to implement nutrition and physical activity programs in ECE centers serving children aged 0 to 5 years. The framework was validated for consensus on relevance and generalizability by conducting focus groups; the participants were managers (16 directors and 2 assistant directors) of ECE centers. The framework theorizes that it is necessary to have “collective readiness,” which takes into account such factors as resources, organizational operations, work culture, and the collective attitudes, motivation, beliefs, and intentions of ECE staff. Results of the focus groups demonstrated consensus on the relevance of proposed constructs across ECE settings. Including readiness measures during program planning and evaluation could inform implementation of ECE programs targeting nutrition and physical activity behaviors.

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Preventing Chronic Disease | Adapting and Implementing an Evidence-Based Sun-Safety Education Program in Rural Idaho, 2012 - CDC

cancer  CDC  sunburn  health promotion  ultraviolet rays  Preventing Chronic Disease  PCD  community-based participatory research  Risk Reduction Behavior  health education  Sports and Recreation  Rural Health  Early Intervention (Education) 

Melanoma incidence and mortality rates in Idaho are higher than national averages. The importance of increased awareness of skin cancer has been cited by state and local organizations. St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) prioritized educational outreach efforts to focus on the implementation of a skin cancer prevention program in rural Idaho.

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