Learning Objective 1: 1) iecognize the importance of improving parental and caregiver self-efficacy in skill sets related to risk factors of childhood obesity.
Learning Objective 2: 2) identify ways that the Healthy Family, Health Kids program can be applied in community-based health care settings for risk assessments and/or program planning.
Methods: Two theoretical models guided the development of our conceptual framework for this project: a) Swinburn and colleagues’ ecological model for obesity (1) and b) Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory (2,3). Unlike any published prevention program, we designed two formats for delivery of Healthy Family, Healthy Kids: a Web site and a manual. Health Family, Health Kids consists of written health information pages aimed at increasing parental and caregiver self-efficacy in skill sets related to nine risk factors of childhood obesity. Also, our health information is written at a 5th grade literacy level so as to be readable and understood by parents and caregivers of the most vulnerable children (i.e., those from low-income households and poor neighborhoods).
Results: We plan to share the results of our design phase, usability study and our feasibility study (in progress).
Conclusion: Individuals who work in community-based health settings need to identify young children before they become obese and to deliver family-based interventions aimed at improving parental/caregiver self-efficacy in skill sets related to risk factors for childhood obesity.
- Swinburn, B., T. Gill, and S. Kumanyika, (2005)Obesity prevention: a proposed framework for translating evidence into action. Obes Rev, 6(1): p. 23-33.
- Bandura, A., (2004) Health promotion by social cognitive means. Health Educ Behav, 31(2): p. 143-64.
- Bandura, A., (1977) Self-efficacy: toward a unifying theory of behavioral change. Psychol Rev, 84(2): p. 191-215.
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