Together, We Inspire Smart Eating (WISE) : An Examination of Implementation of a WISE Curriculum for Obesity Prevention in Children 3 to 7 Years
Whiteside-Mansell, L.; Swindle, T.; Selig, J.P.
Global Pediatric Health 6: 2333794x19869811
This study examined the implementation of a school-based, obesity prevention curriculum, Together, We Inspire Smart Eating (WISE), targeting 3- to 7-year-old low-income children. Survey data from a convenience sample were collected from educators and parents (N = 73, N = 188, respectively) at the beginning and end of a school year in which WISE was implemented. Educators also reported on lessons weekly. Measures to evaluate the success of the implementation were conceptually distinct implementation outcomes (Educators: Perceived Barriers, Appropriateness, Acceptability, Feasibility, Fidelity; Parents: Adoption, Appropriateness). WISE was successfully implemented in 33 target classrooms representing 7 preschool centers and 2 elementary schools. Based on educator report, perceived barriers were reduced. Educators rated Appropriateness, Acceptability, and Feasibility high. Evidence of Fidelity was mixed. Parents reported indicators of Adoption and Appropriateness high. The study provided support for WISE in preschools and elementary schools serving young children from low-resource homes.