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Healthy Start, Healthy State 

Healthy Start, Healthy State logo, with the state of MN and a hand holding a child

Principal Investigator

Marilyn "Susie" Nanney, PhD, MPH, RD 

Co-Investigator

Katie Loth, PhD, MPH

Funding

Funding for this project is provided by the 
Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

Project Description

The Healthy Start, Healthy State study explored nutrition and physical activity practices in a sample of child care centers and family homes across the state of Minnesota through a comprehensive survey. The survey was a follow-up to a study conducted in 2010, called "Supporting Early Child Care Food and Activity Environments" through a partnership between University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin, Madison. For the current study respondents of the 2010 survey, who were still in business were invited to complete the current survey, as well as a random sample of licensed child care providers (family and center based) in Minnesota. The survey was adapted from the original 2010 survey, through intensive stakeholder review and discussion. The study aims to understand the landscape of nutrition and physical activity practices, training and support among child care providers in MN, as well as any change in these categories from 2010 to 2016. Additionally, disparities by provider and family level income, race and education characteristics were explored. 

Research Measurement and Supporting Documents

Provider Survey

Map of 2010-2016 cohort of providers who completed 2016 survey

Map of total sample of providers who completed 2016 survey

Publications and Presentations

Presentation to MN Dept. of Education Child Nutrition Staff

Blog Post "University study: Minnesota childcare providers are fostering healthier environments"

Final Study Report: On the Road to a Brighter Future

Study Dataset

With the goal of improving the quality of child care settings in Minnesota and throughout the United States, the Healthy Start, Healthy State study team is open to sharing the data collected as a part of the study with interested advocates, policy makers and researchers.  If you would like access to the data, please contact Katie Loth (kloth@umn.edu) to make your request.

 

Link to 2010 Study