Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology



First Advisor

Riggs, Matt

Second Advisor

Chavez, David

Third Advisor

Clark, Kim


This qualitative study sought to identify barriers for supporting preschoolers' healthy eating habits and physical activity levels. Almost 800 childcare providers throughout Riverside County were trained on Healthy Habits for Life from July 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009. Centers were for-profit commercial chains, state-funded preschools, or private centers, but they were not affiliated with a school district or a Head Start program. This preschool training is designed to make preschool providers aware of their role in preventing childhood obesity, and to instill good nutrition and physical activity related to the values in young children. This study is a short-term evaluation of the effectiveness of the Healthy Habits for Life training.