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SALSI Miranós Early Childhood Intervention

Funding Source: The UT System

SUMMARY

In 2003, authorized by the 77th Texas Legislature, the UT System, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and UT San Antonio (UTSA) formed the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI) to promote greater scientific collaboration between the two institutions. SALSI makes grant funding available to Health Science Center and UTSA faculty. This includes Míranos, a two-year obesity and diabetes prevention project currently in three preschools that teach primarily Mexican-American children. The project is testing whether it is possible to indoctrinate students — for life — with healthy behaviors via positive interactions with their parents, teachers and school workers. The program uses the concept that kids will develop healthy behaviors if provided an interactive, supporting learning environment at school and home.

kids exercising

INVESTIGATORS

  • Zenong Yin, PhD
    UT San Antonio
  • Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH
    IHPR, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

COLLABORATORS

  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • UT San Antonio
  • Edgewood Independent School District
  • Sesame Street Workshop

LOCATION/SERVICE AREA

San Antonio, Texas

CONCLUSIONS

The Miranos intervention: 

Lowered kid BMIs
Improved kids’ nutrition/activity attitudes, habits
Parents gave kids more fruit, watched less TV 

Daycare staff adopted healthier lifestyles
Built community ties
 
In conclusion, the program indicates that nutrition/physical activity should be standard part of daycare curriculum.

PUBLICATIONS

Pending