logo_CARE_RGB_transBGCARE (Caring and Reaching for Health)
is the first randomized, controlled research project to develop and evaluate two worksite wellness programs designed specifically for child care professionals working at child care centers.

PURPOSE. This project will test the effectiveness of a 6-month Healthy Lifestyles program compared to a 6-month Healthy Finances program. The primary outcome is moderate to vigorous physical activity measured via accelerometry.

PROGRAMS.  Healthy Lifestyles is a web-based goal setting and behavior tracking program accompanied by personalized feedback messaging, educational materials, and center level support to encourage healthy lifestyle habits, primarily physical activity. In addition, the Healthy Lifestyle program promotes a supportive environment among the centers’ administrators to heighten wellness at the worksite.


Healthy Finances focuses on personal financial health and such habits as budgeting, saving, investing, and planning for retirement, as well as encouraging healthy business practices at the center.

Both CARE programs are web-based and feature the following components: health assessment, kick-off event, educational workshop, tailored weekly feedback, check-in visits, webinars, tailored coaching calls, and attractive educational materials, including high quality magazines targeting child care staff.

REACH.  CARE will be enrolling child care centers and their staff through 2016. The project will impact approximately 85 child care centers and 765 child care professionals across multiple North Carolina counties. Baseline data collection, intervention implementation, and follow-up data collection are ongoing and will be completed by early 2018.


National Institutes of Health – HL119568



Amber Vaughn, MPH, RD – Project Manager
Ellie Morris, MPH – Interventionist

To learn more about CARE please visit www.caringandreaching.com or email us at caringandreaching@unc.edu.