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Ann Behav Med. 2012 Feb;43(1):84-100. doi: 10.1007/s12160-011-9332-7.

Results of a multi-level intervention to prevent and control childhood obesity among Latino children: the Aventuras Para Niños Study.

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Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, 9245 Sky Park Court, San Diego, CA 92123, USA. ncrespo@projects.sdsu.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Community-based interventions are needed to reduce the burden of childhood obesity.

PURPOSE:

To evaluate the impact of a multi-level promotora-based (Community Health Advisor) intervention to promote healthy eating and physical activity and prevent excess weight gain among Latino children.

METHODS:

Thirteen elementary schools were randomized to one of four intervention conditions: individual/family level (Family-only), school/community level (Community-only), combined (Family + Community), or a measurement-only condition. Participants were 808 Latino parents and their children enrolled in kindergarten through 2(nd) grade. Measures included parent and child body mass index (BMI) and a self-administered parent survey that assessed several parent and child behaviors.

RESULTS:

There were no significant intervention effects on children's BMI z-score. The family intervention changed several obesity-related child behaviors (e.g., fruit/vegetable consumption) and these were mediated by changes in parenting variables (e.g., parent monitoring).

CONCLUSION:

A promotora-based behavioral intervention was efficacious at changing parental factors and child obesity-related health behaviors.

PMID:
22215470
PMCID:
PMC4131843
DOI:
10.1007/s12160-011-9332-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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