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CHILE Plus

MSC11 6145
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
2703 Frontier Ave NE
Research Incubator Building (RIB) Suite 120

Phone: (505) 272-4462
Fax: (505) 272-4857

Background

The Child Health Initiative for Lifelong Eating and Exercise (CHILE) Plus is a multi-component nutrition and physical activity education program for pre-school age children and their families. CHILE Plus is the dissemination project of CHILE , a randomized control trial conducted by the UNM PRC from 2006-2011. CHILE Plus is administered by a multi-disciplinary team from the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center (UNM PRC), and has been delivered in rural New Mexico Head Start centers and communities since 2011, reaching over 2,000 families per year. In 2016, CHILE Plus will expand its reach into licensed child care centers and more communities in New Mexico.


The aims of CHILE Plus are that Head Start children and their families will:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables; choose whole grains and low-fat dairy products; drink more water
  • Eat fewer high-fat foods and drink fewer sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Learn how to serve and choose foods in age-appropriate portion sizes
  • Spend at least 30 minutes every day engaged in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity
  • Spend no more than two hours per day being sedentary

CHILE Plus is funded by the New Mexico Department of Health as a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) project. SNAP-Ed is a program of the United States Department of Agriculture which aims to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food and beverage choices within a limited budget and choose active lifestyles consistent with current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.