USDA NIFA Poster Abstract| Volume 48, ISSUE 7, SUPPLEMENT , S117, July 2016

Using the Child as Change Agent for Preventing Childhood Obesity in Rural Georgia: Year One Home Environment Results


      This study aims to test effectiveness of a school-based curriculum utilizing children as change agents, supplemented by family activities, to prevent childhood obesity.


      The Action Pack Families study is a group-randomized trial that follows children from the beginning of 3rd grade to the end of 5th grade. These analyses consider changes in home environment factors and child weight status from baseline to the beginning of year two (one year of intervention).


      Data were collected at the beginning of 3rd grade (baseline) and the beginning of 4th grade in 10 schools (n=670 children). Child height and weight were collected at school by the research team; diet, physical activity, and home environment factors were self-reported by parents using a paper-pencil survey. We will present data from baseline to the beginning of year two for fruit, vegetable, and sugar sweetened beverage availability in the home, mealtime characteristics, food security, parent support for healthy eating and physical activity, home media environment, child dietary intake, child sedentary time, child physical activity, and child weight status.

      Conclusions and Implications

      The home environment is a critical influence on the eating and physical activity behavior of children. Using children as change agents may be an effective way to alter the home environment and prevent childhood obesity.


      USDA Grant #2012-68001-19625

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