Feasibility and Benefits of a Parent-Focused Preschool Child Obesity Intervention
By McGarvey E, Keller A, Forrester M, Wiliams E, Seward D, Suttle D
Objectives: This field study tested the feasibility and benefits of a program to promote 6 targeted parental behaviors to prevent obesity in children served by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Methods: Two WIC sites participated in a nonrandomized, controlled 1-year prospective study to assess parents’ self-reported behavior changes.
Results: Statistical analyses of preintervention and postintervention assessments of parental behavior demonstrated significant changes in 2 behaviors: frequency of offering the child water and frequency of engaging in active play with the child. In both cases, the intervention proved effective in increasing the desired behavior.
Conclusions: The findings demonstrate the feasibility of changing parental behaviors through multidimensional education in a WIC clinic setting.
March 14, 2018
McGarvey E, Keller A, Forrester M, Wiliams E, Seward D, Suttle D (2004) Feasibility and Benefits of a Parent-Focused Preschool Child Obesity Intervention. American Journal Of Public Health: Vol. 94, Issue 9, pp. 1490-1495. Available online: https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.94.9.1490