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Effectiveness of differing levels of support for family meals on obesity prevention among head start preschoolers: the simply dinner study

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Effectiveness of differing levels of support for family meals on obesity prevention among head start preschoolers: the simply dinner study
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BMC Public Health, February 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12889-017-4074-5
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Holly E. Brophy-Herb, Mildred Horodynski, Dawn Contreras, Jean Kerver, Niko Kaciroti, Mara Stein, Hannah Jong Lee, Brittany Motz, Sheilah Hebert, Erika Prine, Candace Gardiner, Laurie A. Van Egeren, Julie C. Lumeng


Despite slight decreases in obesity prevalence in children, nearly 25% of preschool-aged children are overweight or obese. Most interventions focused on promoting family meals as an obesity-prevention strategy target meal planning skills, knowledge and modeling of healthy eating without addressing the practical resources that enable implementation of family meals. There is a striking lack of evidence about what level of resources low-income parents need to implement family meals. This study will identify resources most effective in promoting family meals and, subsequently, test associations among the frequency of family meals, dietary quality and children's adiposity indices among children enrolled in Head Start. The Multiphase Optimization Strategy, employed in this study, is a cutting-edge approach to maximizing resources in behavioral interventions by identifying the most effective intervention components. We are currently testing the main, additive and interactive effects of 6 intervention components, thought to support family meals, on family meal frequency and dietary quality (Primary Outcomes) as compared to Usual Head Start Exposure in a Screening Phase (N = 512 low-income families). Components yielding the most robust effects will be bundled and evaluated in a two-group randomized controlled trial (intervention and Usual Head Start Exposure) in the Confirming Phase (N = 250), testing the effects of the bundled intervention on children's adiposity indices (Primary Outcomes; body mass index and skinfolds). The current intervention components include: (1) home delivery of pre-made healthy family meals; (2) home delivery of healthy meal ingredients; (3) community kitchens in which parents make healthy meals to cook at home; (4) healthy eating classes; (5) cooking demonstrations; and (6) cookware/flatware delivery. Secondary outcomes include cooking self-efficacy and family mealtime barriers. Moderators of the intervention include family functioning and food security. Process evaluation data includes fidelity, attendance/use of supports, and satisfaction. Results will advance fundamental science and translational research by generating new knowledge of effective intervention components more rapidly and efficiently than the standard randomized controlled trial approach evaluating a bundled intervention alone. Study results will have implications for funding decisions within public programs to implement and disseminate effective interventions to prevent obesity in children. Clincaltrials.gov Identifier NCT02487251 ; Registered June 26, 2015.

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 52 23%
Student > Bachelor 23 10%
Researcher 18 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 18 8%
Student > Ph. D. Student 17 7%
Other 40 18%
Unknown 60 26%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 43 19%
Medicine and Dentistry 41 18%
Psychology 20 9%
Social Sciences 17 7%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 3%
Other 26 11%
Unknown 75 33%

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