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J Community Health Nurs. 2017 Oct-Dec;34(4):190-202. doi: 10.1080/07370016.2017.1369808.

Healthy Families: A Family-Based Community Intervention To Address Childhood Obesity.

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a School of Health and Kinesiology , University of Nebraska at Omaha , Omaha , Nebraska.
b Department of Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health , University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health , Omaha , Nebraska.
c UNMC School of Allied Health, Physician Assistant Studies , University of Nebraska Medical Center , Omaha , Nebraska.
d Healthier Communities and Community Benefit , CHI Health (Catholic Health Initiatives) , Omaha , Nebraska.
e OneWorld Community Health Center , Omaha , Nebraska.
f Office of Health Professions Education , Nebraska Medicine , Omaha , Nebraska.


The objective of this study was to determine the effectiveness of Healthy Families, a family-based community intervention, in improving the knowledge, self-efficacy, and health behaviors of overweight/obese children and their families as well as to explore the lessons learned. Results showed families who completed the program had significant improvements for children and parents in areas such as nutrition knowledge and self-efficacy in making healthy eating choices as well as participating in physical activity. Additionally, families reported decreasing their intake of sugar-sweetened beverages. Participating families and community partners provided valuable lessons for other communities seeking to implement a similar program.

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