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Health Promot Pract. 2005 Apr;6(2):180-9.

Implementation of a family intervention to increase fruit and vegetable intake: the Hi5+ experience.

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  • 1University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.


Family is an important, yet challenging, target for dietary intervention. This article describes the implementation of Hi5+, a family fruit and vegetable (FV) promotion program. Complementing a fourth-grade school curriculum, the seven weekly Family Fun Nites were at-home family meal sharing and game evenings. A sample of families (N = 575; 69% consented) from schools in a southeastern U.S. urban area received tailored intervention materials based on their FV attitudes and family interaction styles. A pyramidal organizational design, using peer leaders, facilitated 71% of families to complete all seven sessions, whereas 84% completed at least one session. Significant independent predictors of program completion were attending an introductory Kick-Off Nite, interactive family style, additional adults in the household, married parents, being African American, earning more than 60,000 dollars, and additional children in the household. Family-specific issues and initial program experience are important considerations for implementing a family intervention.

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