An Association of County Children and Families Commissions
Investing in Nutrition and Physical Activity For Children Birth to 5
2010 Updates: Funded Projects
2008: One of the primary result areas for First 5 Sacramento is “Improved Nutrition.” The Commission has designated $5 million towards addressing this area over 3 years. Three million has been allocated to breastfeeding support and they are in the process of awarding over $1.9 million towards three additional strategies: 1) Parent/Caregiver/Preschool Education 2) Indoor/Outdoor Tot Lots and 3)Farmer’s Markets and/or Small Garden Kits. The Commission funds the local WIC Program for a Community Lactation Assistance Project. This project is aimed at increasing the number of mothers breastfeeding at discharge from the hospital and continuing for at least one year afterward. WIC provides mothers with access to lactation consultants who assist and support them with breastfeeding. They also provide funding to local hospitals to help them move towards becoming “Baby Friendly.” Baby Friendly hospitals encourage breastfeeding, provide instruction and support to mothers who would like to breastfeed their babies and allow mothers and infants to room together 24 hours a day. In March 2007, First 5 Sacramento held a Children’s Nutrition Summit with the Health Education Council, Sacramento County Office of Education, and Sacramento County Department of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health to map nutrition and physical activities resources for all children in Sacramento County. Information captured at the event is being converted into a searchable database by UC Davis’s Nutrition Department. Participants also voted on the five First 5 Sacramento Commission-approved strategies and made recommendations for children ages 6 to 18 as well.