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Bozeman, Montana 59717


The main goal of this project is to develop, deliver, and assess the efficacy of a parent-centered educational program (4-Health) designed to prevent preteen children from becoming overweight.

Study summary:

Previous studies suggest that parents can play a key role in preventing childhood obesity. Program objectives are to increase parents' knowledge and skills related to nutrition, physical activity, and best parenting practices. Developed from a successful existing program, the proposed program will include a novel classroom curriculum coupled with outside exercises, online resources, and a strong social support network. The curriculum will be developed with input from stakeholders during year 1 and implemented during years 2 and 3. The target groups are children and parents participating in 4-H Youth Development Programs in Montana. Intervention effectiveness will be assessed by comparing objective and self-report data between-groups (intervention vs. control) and within-groups (pre- to post-intervention and at 6 month follow-up). Physiological measures, including resting heart rate, blood pressure, body weight and age- and gender-specific BMI z-scores of children, are expected to show significant improvement among children of parents receiving the intervention compared to a mailed written materials control group. In addition, positive changes are anticipated in outcome measures provided by parents and children, including levels of daily physical activity and specific food and nutrition behaviors. Positive changes in parents' attitudes about diet, body image, and their perceived feeding practices before versus after intervention and at 6 month follow-up are also expected. This project will lead to improved understanding of how parents influence child obesity and improved interventions to prevent obesity.


Inclusion Criteria: - Parent of 8-12 year old child in 4-H Youth Development Programs in Montana - Child of parent enrolled in study Exclusion Criteria: - Parent of child age outside the 8-12 year old range at start of trial



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Wesley Lynch, PhD
Montana State University

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Location Contact:

Bozeman, Montana 59717
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: November 18, 2019

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