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Designing Web-Based Parenting Education Modules for a Childhood Obesity Prevention Program Using a Community-Engaged Perspective

      Objective: Children's behaviors and attitudes are highly influenced by familial contexts. These attitudes and behaviors are often at odds with parents' goals. A series of web-based education modules were developed to provide guidance to parents on ways to improve family environments and parenting behaviors in ways that reduce children's risk for obesity.
      Description: Parenting education modules were developed as a part of a 28-week childhood obesity preventive intervention delivered in low-income, rural preschools. In the design phase, parents who were matched to our target audience's characteristics were recruited to provide information on priorities for child health, and to provide feedback after viewing several versions of educational videos.
      Evaluation: In addition to brief surveys, 20 parents participated in cognitive interviews designed to elicit feelings, beliefs, sense of homophily, perceived utility of the information featured in the videos, and overall satisfaction with the videos. Using feedback from parents, a total of 18 web-based video modules were developed to provide guidance on the importance of daily, mealtime and sleep routines, ways to increase emotion and behavioral regulation in children, ways to structure family environments to improve eating patterns and child impulsive behaviors, and ways to increase opportunities for active play and physical activity.
      Conclusions and Implications: Various phases of the design and development of the video modules will be discussed, and examples of educational messages will be shared. Lastly, preliminary results on parent recruitment and engagement in the implementation phase of the project will be shared.
      Funding: 2015-68001-23233.

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