In 2012, we 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 up to age 5, pregnant women and women of reproductive age.
These resources reflect goals and guiding principles of Colorado’s life course approach to preventing 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 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 Pyramid of MCH Outcomes (ECOP Initiatives).
Take a free online training module entitled "Life Course Nutrition: Maternal and Child Health Strategies in Public Health" provided by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington.