Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy

First Advisor

Adrienne Saxton


In Monterey County, the rate of childhood obesity is too high among the Latino/Hispanic community. The Head Start program in Monterey County serves more than 1,245 children each year with the majority of them being Latino/Hispanic. The causes of childhood obesity are a lack of physical activities, cultural beliefs, and financial issues among families. It leads to serious health problems that impact children academically and psychologically. This capstone project is to increase knowledge and awareness on how to live a Healthy Lifestyle among Head Start parents so that they can apply that to their lives and their children. The project implemented a workshop called Healthy Lifestyle or "Estilo Vida Saludable." The workshop provided parents with skills on how to eat healthily and exercise regularly. The project's outcomes were carried out using pre-and post surveys. The results showed an increase of knowledge and awareness regarding on how to live a Healthy Lifestyle. Recommendations for Head Start agency should continue to do Healthy Lifestyle Workshops as a source of information for parents to keep making healthy lifestyle decisions for their families.