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J Public Health (Oxf). 2010 Jun;32(2):219-29. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdp105. Epub 2009 Nov 15.

Efficacy of a child-centred and family-based program in promoting healthy weight and healthy behaviors in Chinese American children: a randomized controlled study.

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  • 1Department of Family Health Care Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA.



To examine the efficacy of an interactive, child-centred and family-based program in promoting healthy weight and healthy lifestyles in Chinese American children.


A randomized controlled study of a culturally sensitive behavioral intervention.


Sixty-seven Chinese American children (ages, 8-10 years; normal weight and overweight) and their families.


Anthropometry, blood pressure, measures of dietary intake, physical activity, knowledge and self-efficacy regarding physical activity and diet at baseline and 2, 6 and 8 months after baseline assessment.


Linear mixed modeling indicated a significant effect of the intervention in decreasing body mass index, diastolic blood pressure and fat intake while increasing vegetable and fruit intake, actual physical activity and knowledge about physical activity.


This interactive child-centred and family-based behavioral program appears feasible and effective, leading to reduced body mass index and improved overweight-related health behaviors in Chinese American children. This type of program can be adapted for other minority ethnic groups who are at high risk for overweight and obesity and have limited access to programs that promote healthy lifestyles.

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