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, S. V., Chuang, R. J., Byrd-Williams, C., Danho, M., Upadhyaya, M., et al. (2018). Preventive medicine reports, 10, 254–262.

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.