HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living)

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This project is a clinic-community based intervention to implement an early life-cycle approach to obesity prevention among pregnant women and women with infants from low-income families.



To target pregnant women & women with infants 12 months & younger by exploring community resources and barriers in order to maintain behavior change.

Study Design:

6 week CHW-led group education program, exercise sessions, & cooking demonstrations.

Principal Investigator: Shreela Sharma

Co-Investigators: Deanna Hoelscher, Courtney Byrd-Williams, Shelton Brown

Project Coordinator: Melisa Danho

Pilot Evaluation of HEAL - A Natural Experiment to Promote Obesity Prevention Behaviors Among Low-Income Pregnant Women

(Sharma SV, Chuang RJ, Byrd-Williams C, Danho M, Upadhyaya M, Berens P, Hoelscher DM; Prev Med Rep.; 2018)

HEAL – A natural experiment to promote obesity prevention behaviors among low-income pregnant women

Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) is a six-week, multi-component program to promote breastfeeding, healthy dietary habits, cooking skills and physical activity among Medicaid-eligible pregnant-women in Texas.