Healthy Start’s founder and principal developer, Dr. Christine Williams, is a well-known pediatrician from NY Columbia Presbyterian Department of Pediatrics where she practiced for many years. Her main work at Columbia was driven by her desire to make a difference in the lives of pre-K and Kindergarten children by developing a health education program that was backed by evidence-based research. Her efforts resulted in the Healthy-Start Curriculum Program funded primarily by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Healthy Start comprehensive preschool program is very unique among early childhood health programs in that it has an excellent record of publications and evaluations. Healthy Start was shown to be effective in improving nutrition and health knowledge and attitudes among preschool children, making meals and snacks in the preschool centers healthier, and in reducing heart disease risk (lowering cholesterol levels). Currently, Dr. Williams and her team are working to promote pre-school education around the country.