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Table 1 Project timeline and milestones

From: A quasi-experimental study to mobilize rural low-income communities to assess and improve the ecological environment to prevent childhood obesity

Year Activities Milestones
1 • Hire program coordinator • Staff hired
• Identify, adapt, and/or develop the Child Ecological Model Assessment Tool Kit • Tools developed
• Develop “menu” of selected evidence based or evidence‐informed approaches for improved nutrition and physical activity for 4‐year‐olds • Communities chosen
• Choose intervention and comparison communities
2 • Conduct community assessments • Child Ecological Model Assessments completed
• Hire community coaches for intervention communities • Coaches hired and trained
• Train community coaches and other key leaders of intervention communities on community coaching • Interventions implemented
• Each of the intervention and comparison communities begin implementation of at least one nutrition and one physical activity intervention
3 • Interventions continue • Interventions implemented
• Training continues • Process evaluations monitor progress of interventions
• Process evaluations on‐going
4 • Interventions continue • Interventions implemented
• Training continues • Process evaluations monitor progress of interventions
• Process evaluations on‐going
5 • Interventions continue for final year • Interventions implemented for final year
• Intervention communities develop sustainability plan • Data analysis completed and disseminated
• Complete post‐assessments • Tool kit and other findings available on‐line
• Analyze data
• Organize findings into a “Best Practices Tool Kit” for dissemination via technology such as eXtension
• Research manuscripts and conference proposals begin