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CHL wraps up, but strong foundations remain

CHL PACIFIC REGION-WIDE.   CHL is now (mostly) officially over.  The Children's Healthy Living Program, sponsored by a competitive grant from the USDA's National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), as made huge steps forward in two US States - … [Read More...]

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CHL Teams Pushing Hard to Wrap Main Project Up

CHL PACIFIC REGION-WIDE.   Snow in Alaska, Typhoon Soudelor in the CNMI - and yet, CHL teams persist in setting up the foundation for a healthier generation of children in our region.  We all agree, it matters.   One of the ways we are "showing" better practices, is through video as seen in the cover photo of the child in Alaska learning how to wash kale for a healthy … [Read More...]

CHL Teams and CHL Coordinating Center Collect and Validate Regional Data

HONOLULU, HI.   Data is the name of the game as CHL heads the last 7 months of this 5-year project.  Data collection is critical to getting baseline numbers as well as impact measurements.  All teams are working hard to collect and enter data in their home location, and then the CHL Coordinating Center in at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa double checks the data for … [Read More...]

CHL Team and TASA role models receive WHO Healthy Islands Recognition 2015 award!

SAIPAN, CNMI.  In Chamorro culture, the latte stone has come to symbolize the strength, vitality, and perseverance of the Chamorro people. The top of the latte stone, described as a hemispheric cup, is called “tasa”; literally meaning “cup” in Chamorro. Today, the word “tasa” is also used to describe a group of “can-do”, volunteer residents whose hearts are committed to … [Read More...]

CHL-connected communities taking more and more ownership

MANGILAO, GUAM.  Change happens on the personal level or the community level when a group of people step forward and take on the responsibility.  This large photo is from the final night of CHL-Guam's Health Weight Initiative.  In this newest edition of the CHL Newsbrief we highlight work being done at the community level in Guam and all our jurisdictions.   At this … [Read More...]

Meet CHL’s External Advisory Committee & Annual Meeting in American Samoa

PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA.  We are extremely fortunate to have engaged committed External Advisors to the CHL Program who have extraordinary experience in obesity prevention from a comprehensive range of complementary perspectives. Dr. Boyd Swinburn, from the University of Auckland, has led community based obesity prevention trials in the South Pacific, and is … [Read More...]

CHL is getting the word out on healthy lifestyles

KAGMAN, CNMI.  CHL Team CNMI is turning up the volume in their target communities with tasteful billboards.  Each sign has been beautifully designed and will be rotated about every month with a different CHL message. Our messages include these 6 targets:   The targets are science-based and are known to help children lead a healthier life!  The CNMI has … [Read More...]

CHL Intervention picking up steam!

The Children's Healthy Living Program is a research-based effort to address issues related to childhood obesity in the 6 CHL jurisdictions:  Alaska, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Freely Associated States of Micronesia, Guam and Hawai‘i.  We've been in our selected communities to collect baseline data on children and the food they are … [Read More...]

CHL on track and making good progress

TUMON, GUAM.  The CHL program is “on track and making good progress”, says the CHL External Advisory Committee (EAC).  At our third annual meeting held in Guam and graciously hosted by the University of Guam, 45 CHL staff and 5 CHL EAC members assembled for five days to inform, catch-up, and recalibrate our efforts for the next year. The first conference day was a … [Read More...]

Measurement work is nearing completion

After months of introduction meetings, working with community partners, and measuring thousands of children 2-8 years in age, the CHL measurement work is nearing completion.  Now, data needs to be analyzed and intervention work will ramp up across the program.  Read more about measurement work in our Newsbriefs to the right. … [Read More...]

Second annual CHL meeting in Honolulu

HONOLULU, HAWAII.  Over the week of June 18-22, 2012, nearly 50 participants from the CHL program have assembled in Honolulu.  Team members of the 6 juridictions and the CHL External Advisory Committee are meeting in Waikiki to take stock of where the project has gone in the last 12 months and were it is planning to go in the years ahead.  Besides meetings in their … [Read More...]

Regional Pacific Meeting

NADI, FIJI.  August 16-17. Principal Investigator and Program Director, Professor Rachel Novotny of the Children’s Healthy Living Program attended the meeting of Academias response to non-communicable disease in the Pacific Region and the17th Annual Pacific Islands Health Research Symposium in Nadi, Fiji. This research symposium served as an opportunity for delegates … [Read More...]

CHL first annual meeting

HONOLULU. HAWAII.  July 5-10, 2011.  The CHL program celebrated the success of its first annual meeting this past July 10-15. Thank you to all of the CHL team members who traveled from across the US and the Pacific for attending the annual meeting. This meeting facilitated the relationship building of CHL personnel as well as allowed for the CHL program structure to be … [Read More...]

CHL Hawaii Holds First Meeting with Local Advisory Committee

HONOLULU. HAWAII.  June 15, 2011.  20 people assembled at the beautiful Kapiolani Community College Campus to engage in the first meeting of the Hawaii Local Advisory group. … [Read More...]

Pacific Consortium Wins USDA-NIFA Grant on Childhood Obesity

HONOLULU. HAWAII.  April 20, 2011.  The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) has been awarded a $24.8 million grant to develop food, nutrition and physical activity intervention, training, monitoring and evaluation systems, together with local communities, in order, to guide sustainable children’s obesity prevention … [Read More...]

ADAP and Pacific Land Grant Alliance Host Stakeholder Meeting on Childhood Obesity

HONOLULU. HAWAII.  April 30 to May 2, 2010.  Thirty researchers, extension agents, and health advocates from around the Pacific Region gathered at the conference room of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, for 3-days of talks about childhood obesity in the region. A number of facilitated discussions lead to … [Read More...]

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