Research Brief| Volume 45, ISSUE 6, P745-750, November 2013

Six-Week Latino Family Prevention Pilot Program Effectively Promotes Healthy Behaviors and Reduces Obesogenic Behaviors



      To test the effectiveness of a 6-week family-based healthy eating pilot program aimed to reduce obesogenic behaviors among Latino parents and children.


      A 6-week healthy eating pilot program focused on dietary changes within Latino families with a 6- to 13-year-old child. A 1-group, pre-posttest design with 2-month follow-up examining fruit, vegetable, and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption.


      The program was effective at increasing parent-report of child fruit consumption, (P < .001, effect size = .26), vegetable consumption, (P = .001, effect size = .20), and decreasing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, (P = .002, effect size = .16).

      Conclusions and Implications

      This family-based prevention program was effective at improving healthy eating in Latino families, especially for children. The curriculum can be used in future prevention programs for Latino families with a 6- to 13-year-old child.

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