A youth mentor-led nutritional intervention in urban recreation centers: a promising strategy for childhood obesity prevention in low-income neighborhoods

A youth mentor-led nutritional intervention in urban recreation centers: a promising strategy for childhood obesity prevention in low-income neighborhoods

Author Sato, Priscila de Morais Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Steeves, Elizabeth A. Google Scholar
Carnell, Susan Google Scholar
Cheskin, Lawrence J. Google Scholar
Trude, Angela C. Google Scholar
Shipley, Cara Google Scholar
Ruiz, M. J. Mejia Google Scholar
Gittelsohn, Joel Google Scholar
Abstract B'More Healthy Community for Kids (BHCK) is an ongoing multi-level intervention to prevent childhood obesity in African-American low-income neighborhoods in Baltimore city, MD. Although previous nutrition interventions involving peer mentoring of youth have been successful, there is a lack of studies evaluating the influence of cross-age peers within interventions targeting youth. This article evaluates the implementation of the BHCK intervention in recreation centers, and describes lessons learned. Sixteen youth leaders delivered bi-weekly, interactive sessions to 10- to 14-y olds. Dose, fidelity and reach are assessed, as is qualitative information regarding what worked well during sessions. Dose is operationalized as the number of interactive sessions, and taste tests, giveaways and handouts per session

fidelity as the number of youth leaders participating in the entire intervention and per session and reach as the number of interactions with the target population. Based on a priori set values, number of interactive sessions was high, and number of taste tests, giveaways and handouts was moderate to high (dose). The number of participating youth leaders was also high (fidelity). Of the 14 planned sessions, the intervention was implemented with high/moderate reach. Data suggest that working with cross-age peers is a promising nutritional intervention for recreation centers.
xmlui.dri2xhtml.METS-1.0.item-coverage Oxford
Language English
Sponsor Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity from National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)
Sciences without Borders (SwB) program, CAPES
Grant number NICHD: U54HD070725
Date 2016
Published in Health Education Research. Oxford, v. 31, n. 2, p. 195-206, 2016.
ISSN 0268-1153 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Oxford Univ Press
Extent 195-206
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/her/cyw011
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000374224700008
URI https://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/56125

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