Nutrition

Nutrition is vital to the healthy development and well-being of infants, children, youth, and adults, including those with special health care needs.  MCHB’s programs promote the nutritional well-being of maternal and child populations across the lifespan.

Learn more about HRSA's initiatives to support healthy nutrition for families.

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State Partnerships

HRSA’s Title V Block Grant Program provides formula grants to 59 states and jurisdictions to design and implement programs and activities that support maternal and child health priorities.

Criteria

Based on state-selected priorities, states/jurisdictions focus on many National Performance Measures (NPMs), which include the following nutrition-related NPMs.

Breastfeeding

  • Percent of infants who are ever breastfed and percent of infants breastfed exclusively through 6 months (selected by 49 states/jurisdictions).

Physical activity

  • Percent of children, ages 6 through 11, who are physically active at least 60 minutes per day (selected by 24 states/jurisdictions).
  • Percent of adolescents, ages 12 through 17, who are physically active at least 60 minutes per day (selected by 24 states/ jurisdictions).
  • Percent of adolescents, ages 12 through 17, with a preventive medical visit in the past year (selected by 37 states/jurisdictions).

Strategies

States use Title V grants to develop and implement strategies that support healthy nutrition. Strategies include:

Policy and environmental changes

  • Healthy food access and physical activity strategies through policy and environmental change in at-risk communities.

Breastfeeding

  • A toll-free helpline that provides breastfeeding support.

Language barriers

  • Multi-lingual educational resources for local Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) agency staff to promote healthy weight to families and children.

Child care centers

  • Collaboration with child care centers to improve practices that support nutrition and physical activity standards in child care settings.
  • Training, technical assistance, and resources to assist child care providers in preventing obesity in young children.

Home visiting

  • Online training for home visitors on the prevention of obesity by supporting healthy eating and active living for young families.

Nurse trainings

  • Child health nurse trainings on pediatric nutrition assessment, counseling, breastfeeding, and the use of evidence-based federal dietary guidance.

School-based programs

  • Partnerships with schools to create school environments that provide healthy nutrition and opportunities for physical activity throughout the day, including quality physical education.
  • Credentialing for nutrition programs and services at School Health Centers.

 

Date Last Reviewed:  April 2019