Child Weight Tracking is a tool that helps us determine the short term and long term impact of the FS program.
Early increase in the child’s weight indicates that the lack of nutritious food was the main reason for the child’s low weight. Subsequent healthy weight gain in children suggests that mothers continued to implement the skills and knowledge acquired during the Intentional Cooking training.
The children’s weight is measured first during the Initial Assessment. This initial weigh in helps staff determine which children qualify for the program. Children’s weight is measured again at baseline, during Day 1 of the Intentional Cooking training. On day 12 of the training their weight is measured once more, with the expectation to see an increase. Weigh-ins are also conducted 30 days and 150 days after the Intentional Cooking training.