Dr. Courtney Byrd-Williams is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health in Austin. Her research interests focus on the promotion of healthy eating and active living among children and their families. Her recent work includes nutrition and physical activity interventions with young children and their families in the early care and education setting. She received her PhD in Health Behavior Research from the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine.
The purpose of this intervention is to encourage parents to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in sack lunches for their preschool children in childcare centers. The goal for this research is the development of new strategies for the promotion of healthy eating practices in children through childcare centers.
This project will connect the dots between families, pediatricians, schools and local youth organizations to develop community capacity for early detection and effective management of obesity using evidence-based programs like CATCH and MEND.
The Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Technical Assistance Program was established to provide technical assistance and support to worksites across the state of Texas who are seeking Mother-Friendly designation, a designation which demonstrates a basic level of support for nursing mothers in the workplace