Posted by: ccenys4h | January 8, 2013

Preventing Childhood Obesity: An Ecological Approach – Final Course, February 6- March 19, 2013

Dear CCE nutrition and 4-H youth educators,

REGISTRATION OPEN! Last Chance! Free for Qualified CCE Educators!
Upcoming Online Course
Preventing Childhood Obesity: An Ecological Approach
February 6 – March 19, 2013

Please note: there are currently no plans to offer the course after this session.

*** Note – if you think you qualify for participation support from the CCE Director’s office based on the criteria below, contact me before you register for approval and special registration instructions.

*** Note – if someone wants to audit the course as part of a team, contact me before registering for approval and special registration instructions. More details on this option below.

For more information, see attached, see below or contact me at


NutritionWorks Course Support Available for Resource Educators
The Division of Nutritional Sciences’ online course is available to CCE educators and their collaborators and takes a new approach to obesity prevention. The course is called Preventing Childhood Obesity: An Ecological Approach. The course is available to both individuals and groups of professionals (2-5 people) who wish to take this course as a team, so participants may want to partner with colleagues. Colleagues can enroll either as participants or auditors. Participants pay a fee ($150), complete assignments, receive feedback from the facilitator and receive continuing education credit. Auditors pay a reduced fee ($30) and can view the content, but receive no individual feedback or credit. Note: auditors must take the course along with at least one full-paying participant with the expectation that auditors are contributing to their team’s action plan.

CCE Director Helene Dillard is offering participation support ($150 each) for one nutrition resource educator or team leader per CCE association who wishes to take this course. This support is also available for 4-H youth development leaders either as full participants or auditors. 4-H resource educators/team/issue leaders with a commitment to youth nutrition and working collaboratively with other CCE colleagues are encouraged to sign up as the key participant or as a member of the county team. Local collaborators from other organizations may also be on the CCE team. External collaborators pay their course fee.

The Director’s support for CCE resource educators and team leaders is provided to build professional capacity in CCE to lead and participate in childhood obesity prevention initiatives. The individual supported as the full participant is expected to be a significant and active leader and collaborator in local, multi-county and/or regional childhood obesity prevention efforts.

Below is a brief summary of the course.
Preventing Childhood Obesity: An Ecological Approach
Childhood obesity is of concern to many members of the community. Faculty in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell have developed an in-depth online course to help guide participants in taking an ecological approach to preventing childhood obesity in a local community. An ecological approach leads you through a series of assessments (of behavior, of the environment, and then of specific local factors) to help you diagnose the underlying causes of excessive weight gain in children. An intervention based on this approach is more likely to be effective because it focuses on changes needed at the local level to support healthy eating and active living.

In this 6-week long course, you learn how to apply an ecological approach while focusing on a community where you work. A facilitator interacts with you and other participants throughout the course. The format provides structured flexibility, which allows you to work on your own time and at your own pace, but within structured deadlines. The course requires submission of prevalence data, participation in two online discussion forums, and completion of a four-part course project which results in an action plan. Teams submit a single action plan. Throughout the course there are regular deadlines for assignments (about every 10 days) to help guide your pacing. You do not need to be online at any particular time. For example, there are no online chats.
The course is expected to take approximately 2 to 3 hours of time per week over the 6 weeks for a total of 12-18 hours. Class size is limited to about 25 teams. The cost is $150 and the course provides 15 continuing professional education units.

If you have questions, contact me or .


Christina Stark, MS, RD, CDN
Senior Extension Associate
Program Leader, Cornell NutritionWorks
Division of Nutritional Sciences
409 Savage Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
607-255-2141 (phone)
607-255-0027 (fax)



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