The Hartford toddler/preschooler component of the University of Connecticut's (UConn) Family Nutrition Program (FNP-TP) is a multi- and intra- institutional collaborative community nutrition project that involves UConn's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Nutritional Sciences and Cooperative Extension System, the Hispanic Health Council , Hartford Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, and the State of Connecticut Department of Social Sciences. The FNP-TP is funded by the USDA through the Food Stamp Program.
The FNP-TP attempts to address the problem of poor nutrition in the Latino community, which accounts for 31% of the city's population and over 50% of the children in the Hartford school system. This is a very relevant community because about half of the children attending Hartford's public schools are Latino and most of them live in low-income households that are likely to be at risk of malnutrition. The aim of this project is threefold:
First, to conduct a needs assessment of the food and nutritional situation
of the Latino Community and provide nutrition information to their families.
Second, to design, test, and evaluate culturally-appropriate nutrition education materials and interventions that address food and nutrition needs of this population.
Third, to implement and administer cost effective nutrition education interventions citywide through programs and a media campaign.
This preliminary report presents the results from the first phase of the needs assessment conducted in the summer of 1995 involving 94 Hispanic families with young children. The researchers have completed the second phase of the needs assessment which involved 150 additional children. The final report including all of the children was released in December 1996.
We are certain that the information contained in this report and subsequent reports will assist us enormously in developing cost-effective nutrition education interventions through our FNP-TP. It is our hope, however, that this report also will be useful for policy-makers who make decisions affecting the health and nutrition of low-income children in our state.
Staff and Collaborating Agencies