Latino families more willing to participate in group classes and health coaching to control childhood obesity.
Latino children face multiple barriers to maintaining a healthy weight: lack of affordable healthy foods and dangerous neighborhoods.
These researchers designed a family-centered, community health center intervention to treat obesity.
Caregivers and children attended five weekly interactive group classes and received education about nutrition, physical activity, and stress management. Participants also received periodic coaching over six months (in person or by phone), to help them make lifestyle changes. Overall no differences were found in body mass index, metabolic markers, or activity levels between participants and a control group.
“These findings may be due to families requiring a more-intensive intervention that includes scheduled coaching and/or changes to the environmental context. The lack of significant findings may also be due to the small sample size,” the authors write.
- 1. An Introduction to Salud America!
- 2. Salud America! A National Research Network to Build the Field and Evidence to Prevent Latino Childhood Obesity
- 3. Salud Tiene Sabor
- 4. Growing Healthy Kids
- 5. Afterschool Program Participation, Youth Physical Fitness, and Overweight
- 6. Bridging Research and Policy to Address Childhood Obesity Among Border Hispanics
- 7. Combining Photovoice and Focus Groups
- 8. Latina Voices in Childhood Obesity
- 9. Latino Church Leaders' Perspectives on Childhood Obesity Prevention
- 10. Video Game-Based Exercise, Latino Children's Physical Health, and Academic Achievement
- 11. Latino Families, Primary Care, and Childhood Obesity
- 12. Summer and Follow-Up Interventions to Affect Adiposity with Mothers and Daughters
- 13. Food Purchasing Selection Among Low-Income, Spanish-Speaking Latinos
- 14. Obesity Among Latino Children Within a Migrant Farmworker Community
- 15. Exploring Potential Research Contributions to Policy
- 16. Seeking Environmental and Policy Solutions to Address Latino Childhood Obesity
- 17. Building Strategies and Leadership for Change
- 18. San Antonio as a Face of the Future