Champions for Healthy Change

The Champions for Healthy Change (C4HC) research project was an evaluation study of the Champions for Change initiative in 2014 through 2017 and a surveillance study in 2018. Champions for Change was created by the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOP) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). NEOP’s mission with this initiative is to create innovative partnerships that empower low-income Californians to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and food security. Their goals include preventing obesity and other diet related chronic diseases. more... 

In 2015, PHSRP partnered with NEOP to conduct the C4HC evaluation study, collecting data to study the impact and effectiveness of the Champions for Change initiative. During the evaluation stages, C4HC was a 4 year cross-sectional and longitudinal study surveying households with female CalFresh recipients and children (aged 5-17) present in the household. Interviews were conducted with a female caregiver and one of her children. In 2018, the surveillance study of CalFresh eligible households in CA was expanded to include male caregivers and one of his children for some households.

Information was collected in English or Spanish for this study using a telephone survey, which included: demographics, weight, height, physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption and availability, sugary beverage consumption, and a 24 hour dietary recall.