Journal of Adolescent and Family Health
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This study tested the feasibility and acceptability of a physical activity, healthy eating, and social support intervention. Twelve African-American daughter-mother dyads (BMI percentile: daughters=92.6±12.79; BMI: mothers=38.8±5.81 kg/m2) met weekly during the 8-week Intensive Phase; throughout the 6-month Maintenance Phase, participants received monthly newsletters for 3 months and attended monthly face-to-face sessions for 3 months. Daughters and mothers reported positive feedback about intervention activities and educational curriculum. Post-intervention daughter survey results revealed positive trends towards increasing PA; increasing breakfast, water, and fruit/vegetable intake; and reducing sugar sweetened drink consumption. Mothers reported similar behavioral changes. This unique intervention was highly enjoyed by participants and utilized feasible, family-involved strategies to address obesity-related behaviors among African-American females.
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This study was funded by a Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) K12 award (K12HD055887) and a grant from the General Mills Foundation.
Adolescent health services; Families -- Health and hygiene
Maternal and Child Health | Public Health Education and Promotion
Barr-Anderson, Daheia J.; Adams-Wynn, Alexis W.; Alhassan, Sofiya; and Whitt-Glover, Melicia C.
"Culturally-appropriate, family- and community-based physical activity and healthy eating Intervention for african-american middle school-aged girls: A feasibility pilot,"
Journal of Adolescent and Family Health: Vol. 6:
2, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/jafh/vol6/iss2/6