Fresh Approach at the 9th Biennial Children’s Obesity Conference
The 2012-16 VeggieRx Youth & Family program data is available as an infographic! View the infographic here.
As leaders in the Bay Area food access movement, one of the ways Fresh Approach helps influence public policy and build healthier communities is by sharing our success stories with other wellness professionals. At the 9th Biennial Children’s Obesity Conference earlier this month in San Diego, we had an opportunity to do just that, by presenting our VeggieRx program data from 2012-2016!
“This conference was a great way to connect with both non-profits and academic researchers who are working to create effective nutrition interventions in their communities,” explains Laura deTar, Fresh Approach’s Program Director and our organization’s representative at the conference.
“So many programs offer either nutrition education classes or fruit & vegetable prescriptions, but rarely do they offer both. By sharing our program data and successes, we were able to show how effective these interventions can be when paired together.”
The Children’s Obesity Conference is the nation’s largest, most influential collaboration of professionals dedicated to combating pediatric obesity. Effective behavior change strategies, health inequities, and challenges with healthy food access were all major topics of discussion at the conference, all of which are issues we work to address through our VeggieRx Youth and Families program.
Our 16-week VeggieRx Youth and Families program is offered to families with children who have a BMI above the 85th percentile for their age, and programming includes nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, and fruit & vegetable vouchers. VeggieRx program data presented at the conference included participant demographics, program results, and follow-up survey data.
Interested in learning more about our VeggieRx program? Want to sign up for a class series? Find out more here.