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Prev Chronic Dis. 2007 Oct;4(4):A109. Epub 2007 Sep 15.

Development of a culturally appropriate, home-based nutrition and physical activity curriculum for Wisconsin American Indian families.

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  • 1Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 777 South Mills Street, Madison, WI 53714, USA. tara.larowe@fammed.wisc.edu

Abstract

We designed an obesity prevention intervention for American Indian families called Healthy Children, Strong Families using a participatory approach involving three Wisconsin tribes. Healthy Children, Strong Families promotes healthy eating and physical activity for preschool children and their caregivers while respecting each community's cultural and structural framework. Academic researchers, tribal wellness staff, and American Indian community mentors participated in development of the Healthy Children, Strong Families educational curriculum. The curriculum is based on social cognitive and family systems theories as well as on community eating and activity patterns with adaptation to American Indian cultural values. The curricular materials, which were delivered through a home-based mentoring model, have been successfully received and are being modified so that they can be tailored to individual family needs. The curriculum can serve as a nutrition and physical activity model for health educators that can be adapted for other American Indian preschool children and their families or as a model for development of a culturally specific curriculum.

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