After graduating from the University of Michigan with a major in Women's Studies, I returned to Lexington, Kentucky where I spent two years working for a consulting firm focused on facilitating democracy in action. To this end, our projects ranged from supporting commnity-wide dialogues on race relations to yearly community feedback processes sponsored by the Mayor's Office. In Oregon, I spent two years in the Americorps program, first as a VISTA and then as a member of RARE. My first year I worked on various projects providing mentoring to youth. During my second year I led a long-term visioning process for a two county Senior and Disabilities Services program. Since 2006 my work has focused on preventing unhealthy weight gain in children through CHANCE (Collaboration for Health, Activity and Nutrition in Children's Environments) and AHH (Adopting Healthy Habits),two Cooperative Extension programs providing parenting and nutrition education to low-income parents and creating community level environmental changes to make healthy choices easier for low-income children and their families.
Through CHANCE and AHH we conduct research to support staff development, community collaboration, and social media outreach to support the prevention of childhood obesity. While our focus is on local income families, our approach engages whole communities in change strategies.
Hill, T.F., Thorburn, S., Zukoski, A. Father's perceptions of their impact on children's health and well-being: An exploratory study. In American Public Health Association. 2005. Philadelphia, PA.
Zukoski, A., Hill, T.F., Rosenkoetter, S. Building organizational capacity to support early childhood development--- The role of community mobilization: Findings from a multi-site evaluation of Early Head Start. In American Public Health Association. 2005. Philadelphia, PA
Zukoski, A., Hill, T.F., Duke, J., Brantley, M. Impact of perceived weight gain on women’s contraceptive method choice and method continuation: An evidence based literature review. In American Public Health Association. 2005. Philadelphia, PA
Hill, T.F., Dollahite, J., Dickin, K., Wolfe, W. CHANCE (Collaboration for Health, Activity and Nutrition in Children’s Environments. in New York State Dept of Public Health Obesity Summit 2006. Albany, NY.
Dickin, K.L., Dollahite, J.S, Hill, T.F., Wolfe, W. Measuring behavior change in a program to help low-income parents prevent unhealthy weight gain in children. in International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2008. Banff, Alberta, Canada.
Dollahite, J., Dickin, K.L., Hill, T.F., Wolfe, W. Translational research to develop an educational program promoting healthy eating and activity and effective parenting in low-income families. in International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2008. Banff, Alberta, Canada.
Dollahite, J., Dickin, K.L., Hill, T.F. Collaboration for Health, Activity and Nutrition in Children’s Environments (CHANCE): Helping low-income parents prevent childhood overweight. in Society for Nutrition Education. 2009. New Orleans, LA.
Dollahite, J., Hill, T.F., Dickin, K., Lent, M. Capacity building contributes to partnerships leading to positive outcomes shaping children’s environments to promote physical activity and healthy diets. in International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2009. Lisbon, Portugal.
Hill, T.F., Dollahite, J., Dickin, K., Lent, M. Translational research to prevent childhood obesity by promoting healthy eating and activity and effective parenting in low income families. In American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. 2009. Philadelphia, PA.
Hill T, Dickin K, Lent M, Dollahite J. Engaging low-income parents in behavioural and environmental change interventions to promote effective parenting, healthy eating and activity. International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity conference. June 9-12, 2010, Minneapolis, MN.
Hill TF, Dickin KL, Lent M, Dollahite JS. Healthy Children, Healthy Families (HCHF): Parents Making a Difference! Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (2010), 42 (4S): S73.
Hill T, Burcyk M, Gilbert K, Dickin K, Dollahite J. Preventing childhood obesity by transforming food and activity environments: How ready are we? International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity conference. June 16, 2010, Melbourne, Australia.
Lent M, Hill T, Dollahite J, Wolfe W, Dickin K. Healthy Children, Healthy Families: Parents Making a Difference! A Curriculum Integrating Key Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Parenting Practices to Help Prevent Childhood Obesity. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Volume 44, Issue 1, Pages 90-92, January 2012.
Currently, I coordinate the Collaboration for Health, Activity, and Nutrition in Children’s Environments (CHANCE) and Adopting Healthy Habits (AHH), two Cornell Cooperative Extension projects serving low-income families in New York State.
CHANCE promotes healthy eating and active play among children aged 3-11 years by working with parents and other adults who influence children and shape the environments where children live, learn, and play. During these early years, parents and care-givers are especially important role models and lifelong habits are developed. Healthy diets and physical fitness are linked to better social and physical development and improved health throughout life. To “give kids a CHANCE” to reap the benefits of healthy lifestyles, we’re developing and testing innovative ways to prevent childhood overweight by targeting key behaviors and environmental factors. CHANCE uses a two-part approach: supporting families’ efforts to eat well and be active, and collaborating with communities to promote healthy changes in children’s environments.
Our new initiative, Adopting Healthy Habits (AHH) funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institutes of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Rural Health and Safety Education Grant will help local groups, community leaders and organizations create policies, practices and environments to make healthy lifestyles the easy choice for people in three northern New York counties.
A healthy lifestyle is about the choices we all make – what we choose to eat and the activities we participate it in every day. Those choices, however, are shaped by the opportunities that surround us. Research demonstrates that people are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors when communities have convenient and cost effective access to healthy choices, help people access nutritious foods and offer safe, fun and inexpensive ways to be active.
To this end, Adopting Healthy Habits works with Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations as well as concerned local organizations and individuals to build upon existing efforts and help identify and strategize ways to make changes that work for local communities. A larger, three county coalition will support these efforts and increase visibility through media and social media.
I coordiate the CHANCE and Adopting Healthy Habits projects described in more detail above.
University of Michigan, BA Women's Studies, 1994
Oregon State University, MPH Community Health Education, 2005