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Improvement is never easy, but it is always rewarding.
The cross-sector teams that participated in the Collaborate for Healthy Weight learning collaborative came from all corners of the United States. Each team's journey was unique, and you’ll find their stories here.
We invite you to learn from their pioneering efforts, and build on their work in your own improvement journey in your community.
"This is not [about] choice. The community and resources that exist dictate what we do, how we eat, and how much we move around."- Parents in Somerville, MA
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Phase 2 Team Snapshot
Along with prayer and bible study, in the last year Nashville Church of Christ (NCOC) in Holmes County, Ohio, has become a place to learn and practice healthy eating.
Located in Western Massachusetts, the small city of Holyoke is one of the poorest in the state. But over the last decade, Holyoke has also become a model for community-based obesity prevention programming.
The Boston team chose to focus their efforts on Roxbury's youngest residents: children ages two to five and their families. “Increasing evidence shows that early interventions are more effective,” says Dr. Jennifer Cheng, team leader and pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Boston Primary Care Center. “So we chose to target kids.”
Focusing on young children from infants to five-year-olds, the team is targeting the state’s 16 westernmost counties. With 33% of children either overweight or obese in Western North Carolina, “there are a lot of concerned people,” says Stein.
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