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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Releases Policy Brief on Abriendo Caminos

11/18/2011  8:00 am

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released a policy brief focusing on the efforts and findings of Abriendo Caminos, a project supported by the Family Resiliency Center (FRC).  

Abriendo Caminos, which means "Clearing the Path", seeks to address childhood obesity issues in Spanish-speaking families in non-metropolitan communities in Illinois.  Led by Dr. Angela Wiley, Associate Professor of Human and Community Development and FRC affiliate, the project takes a family-based approach promoting healthy eating and physical activity, preserving family traditions, and by building stronger relationships between children and their parents.  The families meet once a week for six weeks and participants take part in food preparation, culturally-tailored activities, and shared family mealtimes.  

The brief includes various findings (including that fruit and vegetable intake being well below daily recommended values) and implications for policymakers.  Abriendo Caminos is paving the way in creating effective wellness programs for Latino families.  To learn more, read the brief or check out Salud America's site, including a presentation by Dr. Wiley.