An Association of County Children and Families Commissions
Investing in Nutrition and Physical Activity For Children Birth to 5
First 5 Yolo funds projects that provide active play opportunities, such as tot lots to improve and increase the number of places for children ages 5 and under to play and be active. infant/toddler play area and three playground projects. The Commission helped coordinate a childhood obesity conference for medical providers on office-based management of childhood overweight and obesity. The Commission also funded the local food bank to develop a Moveable Market. This program included nutrition education information, recipes, taste-testings and cooking demonstrations for low-income preschoolers and their parents, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables to 15 Head Start and pre-school sites with low-income children. Yolo has also funded a breastfeeding rate study conducted by the Health Department to determine county breastfeeding rates. With Commission support, the CommuniCare Health Center provides breastfeeding consultations and interventions during prenatal and post-partum periods to 525 low-income clients in order to increase breastfeeding rate at six months by 50% above the current rate. The local hospital is receiving funding to replace baby bags supplied from formula companies with “baby friendly” and formula free gift bags for new parents. Funding of the project will support adoption of a new hospital policy to eliminate provision of free-formula to new mothers unless needed.