NEW! Program aims to help instill healthy eating habits in youth. Healthy Networks Design and Research partnered with the West Virginia University Extension Service to assists schools and other entities nationwide with health-related project development. The organization’s focus now is primarily on ways to implement healthy options into the lives of West Virginian children, and helping those who depend on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as their food source.
NEW! Recreational Programs Rev It Up NRPA’s Commit to Health initiative helps park and recreation agencies cultivate healthy behaviors during out-of-school time. In 2015, some modifications were made to Commit to Health’s nutrition literacy component, and the subsequent results have shown the program continues to facilitate positive improvements in children’s nutrition and physical activity knowledge and behaviors.
Changing it Up for Better Health - Walmart and Nutrition Literacy Create BroaderAwareness of NRPA’s Commit to Health Initiative. Since the launch of NRPA’s five-year Commit to Health initiative kicked off in 2014, millions of children in low-income communities nationwide have been provided nutritious summer and after-school meals, and hundreds of thousands have been educated about healthy eating and physical activity habits.
Issue Brief: Soccer for Success Impact Study. January 2015. Dr. Danielle Hollar and Healthy Networks Design & Research led the evaluation of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Soccer for Success program. Results show that children enrolled in the afterschool soccer program experienced significantly greater health and fitness improvements than children who were not participants.
Publications Related to Obesity Prevention
Hollar D. Sustained reduction in body mass index and other cardiovascular risk markers a year after a 12-month intensive family-based lifestyle intervention for obese children; but follow-up of participants low. Evidenced-Based Medicine, 2011;16(6):185-6.
Hollar D, Messiah SE, Lopez-Mitnik G, Almon M, Hollar TL, Agatston AS. Effect of a two-year obesity prevention intervention on percentile changes in Body Mass Index and academic performance in low-income elementary school children. American Journal of Public Health. 2010;100: 646-653.
Hollar D, Messiah SE, Lopez-Mitnik G, Almon M, Hollar TL, Agatston AS. Healthier Options for Public Schoolchildren program improves weight and blood pressure in 6- to 13- year olds. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2010;110 (2), 261-267.
Hollar D, Lombardo M, Lopez-Mitnik G, Almon M, Hollar TL, Agatston AS, Messiah SE. Effective multilevel, multi-sector, school-based obesity prevention programming improves weight, blood pressure, and academic performance, especially among low income, minority children. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 2010;21(2), 93-108.
“PA Success Story: Addressing the Obesity Crisis through the Healthier Options for Public Schoolchildren (HOPS) Program.” PA Times, December 2008, pp. 3-4.
Book Chapters and Entries
> Hollar D, Hollar TL, Lombardo M, Messiah SE. Moving Clinic-and Community-based Practice into Policy to Improve Child Health. In Lipshultz S, Messiah SE, & Miller T (ed). A Comprehensive Overview of Pediatric Metabolic Syndrome and Related Health Consequences, Springer Science, 2014, in press.
> Hollar D. CSHP Model: School Nutrition. The Encyclopedia of School Health. Sage Reference, 2013.
> Hollar D. Academic Achievement and Nutrition. The Encyclopedia of School Health. Sage Reference, 2013.
> Hollar D, Messiah SE, Lopez-Mitnik G, Almon M, Hollar TL, Lombardo M. Combining Nutrition Education, Foodservice (Feeding Programs), and Physical Activity Obesity Prevention Interventions for Children: Significant Improvements in the Health and Academic Achievement of Young Children. In Bagchi D (ed). Global View on Childhood Obesity: Current Status, Consequences and Prevention. London, UK: Elsevier, 2010.
> Lombardo M, Hollar D, Hollar TL, McNamara K. Schools as *Laboratories* for Obesity Prevention: Proven Effective Models. In Bagchi D (ed). Global View on Childhood Obesity: Current Status, Consequences and Prevention. London, UK: Elsevier, 2010.
Other Publications About Dr. Hollar’s Obesity Prevention Work
What works in combating childhood obesity: an anthology of the literature on effective whole-
system approaches. May 2011. Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People’s Services. London. A review of obesity prevention programs that ranks Dr. Hollar’s research among the two highest.
“Smarter Lunches: Packing nutritious meals won’t just banish the brown bag blues. It can also help your child do better in school.” GreenWise by Publix Market, Fall 2011. Dr. Hollar was interviewed
for this article.
“Growing Healthy Kids: New Research Reveals that School Gardens Help Control Childhood Obesity and More,” Organic Gardening, February 2008. An article about the gardening component of Dr. Hollar’s Healthier Options for Public Schoolchildren Study.
“Cheering for Broccoli,” The Miami Herald, March 6, 2007. An article about Dr. Hollar’s Healthier Options for Public Schoolchildren Study.
“Down to Earth,” Organic Gardening, December 2006/January 2007. An article about the gardening component of Dr. Hollar’s Healthier Options for Public Schoolchildren Study.
“Food Fights: Will More Healthful School Lunches Really Make Kids Less Fat?,” New York Times Magazine, August 20, 2006. An article about Dr. Hollar’s Healthier Options for Public School-
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