Results of a Multi-level Intervention to Prevent and Control Childhood Obesity among Latino Children: The Aventuras Para Niños Study
Published Date:Feb 2012
Source:Ann Behav Med. 43(1):84-100.
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4131843
Funding:5R01HL073776/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS/United States
5U48DP000036/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
F31DK079345/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS/United States
R01 HL073776/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS/United States
T32HL079891/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS/United States
Community-based behavioral interventions are needed to reduce the burden of childhood obesity.
This study evaluated the impact of a multi-level promotora-based (Community Health Advisor) intervention to promote healthy eating and physical activity (PA) and prevent excess weight gain among Latino children.
Thirteen elementary schools were randomized to one of four intervention conditions: individual and family level (Fam-only), school and community level (Comm-only), combined Fam+Comm intervention, or a measurement-only condition. Participants were 808 Latino parents and their children enrolled in kindergarten through 2nd grade. Measures included parent and child BMI and a self-administered parent survey that assessed several parent and child behaviors.
There were no intervention effects on children's BMI z-score. The Fam-only and Fam+Comm interventions changed several obesity-related child behaviors and these were mediated by changes in parenting variables.
A promotora-based behavioral intervention was efficacious at changing parental factors and child obesity-related health behaviors.
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