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Am J Public Health. 2004 Sep;94(9):1490-5.

Feasibility and benefits of a parent-focused preschool child obesity intervention.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatric Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA. rel8s@virginia.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This field study tested the feasibility and benefits of a program to promote 6 targeted parental behaviors to prevent obesity in children served by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

METHODS:

Two WIC sites participated in a nonrandomized, controlled 1-year prospective study to assess parents' self-reported behavior changes.

RESULTS:

Statistical analyses of preintervention and postintervention assessments of parental behavior demonstrated significant changes in 2 behaviors: frequency of offering the child water and frequency of engaging in active play with the child. In both cases, the intervention proved effective in increasing the desired behavior.

CONCLUSIONS:

The findings demonstrate the feasibility of changing parental behaviors through multidimensional education in a WIC clinic setting.

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15333300
PMCID:
PMC1448479
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