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

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Henry (Shelton) Brown, III, PhD

Photo of Courtney Byrd-Williams

Courtney Byrd-Williams, PhD

Principal Investigator, Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite; Director, Maternal and Child Health Training Program Photo of Ru-Jye (Lindi) Chuang

Ru-Jye (Lindi) Chuang, DrPH, MS

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Melisa Portuondo Danho, MPH, RD

Program Coordinator, Dietitian Photo of Deanna Hoelscher

Deanna Hoelscher, PhD, RDN, LD, CNS, FISBNPA

Co-Principal Investigator, Texas SNAP-Ed Evaluation Photo of Shreela V. Sharma

Shreela V. Sharma, PhD, RD, LD

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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.