We Can! FAQ's
Who developed We Can!?
We Can!, or Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition, is a public education outreach program designed to help children 8-13 years old stay at a healthy weight by improving food choices, increasing physical activity, and reducing screen time. The program is a collaboration of four Institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
What are the basic concepts of We Can!?
We Can! Is a four-session program with dynamic activities for parents to encourage a healthy weight in their family. The core concept explored is “energy balance,” or the long-term balance between ENERGY IN (calories from food) and ENERGY OUT (calories burned through activity). In a fun and hands-on way, the sessions focus on helping participants learn essential skills that can help their families make healthful food choices, become more physically active, and reduce recreational screen time.
What Makes We Can! Unique?
We Can! is unique because it focuses on parents and families at home and in their communities. Research shows that parents have a big impact on shaping the behavior of children. They can do much to help children maintain a healthy weight and prevent overweight.
Why Do Parents Complete a Pre and Post-Session Evaluation?
The "Tell Us What You Think" evaluation from helps us gauge what participants know about eating, physical activity, and screen time, and how these behaviors affect energy balance and weight maintenance. This program allows for a lot of flexibility in regard to the number of sessions, the presentation format and the use of community partnerships. With feedback from the evaluations, we are able to make adjustments according to the feedback that we receive from evaluations.
Where Can We Get More Information?
For more information on We Can!, visit http://wecan.nhlbi.nih.gov, call the We Can! toll free number at
1-866-35WECAN, or contact the NHLBI Information Center at 301-592-8573 or email@example.com.
Howard County organizations can get information about opportunities to create or support We Can programs by contacting We Promote Health at: firstname.lastname@example.org