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Latino Fathers Promoting Healthy Youth Behaviors

      Objective: Padres Preparados, Jóvenes Saludables (Padres Saludables) is a family-skills obesity prevention intervention for Latino immigrant families, especially fathers, and youth (10–14 years), to improve youth energy balance-related behaviors and paternal parenting practices.
      Description: An existing parenting curriculum was adapted based on focus group findings with fathers, mothers and youth, input from a parent advisory board and discussions with community partners to focus on diet and physical activity for parents and youth. The program was pilot-tested in the spring of 2017; pre-post evaluation results suggested high relevancy and potential for effectiveness. The program was implemented at the first of two community sites in the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018 based on a multi-site staggered implementation schedule. Sessions include activities for families to prepare food and be physically active together, for parents to strengthen parenting practices (setting expectations, availability, modeling), and for parents and children to improve diet and physical activity outcomes. Outcome data measurement instruments were tested and revised along with a measure of implementation fidelity.
      Evaluation: A randomized-controlled trial (n = 240 youth, 240 mothers, 240 fathers, half in an intervention and half in a control group) is being conducted with assessments pre and post eight-session course and at three months post-course. Outcomes include improved youth intake of fruits and vegetables, sugary drinks, salty snacks and sweets, fast food, family meal frequency, physical activity, and screen time and parenting practices.
      Conclusions and Implications: Adult and youth curriculum components have been modified and implemented based on participant feedback. Post-test session evaluations show that adults are successfully experiencing the program. Activities are being conducted according to the projected timeline. Full data collection and analysis are expected to be completed in two to three years.
      Funding: 2016-68001-24921.

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