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Family-based Behavioral Treatment Leads to Parental Report of Healthier Food Choices and Exercise of School-aged Children

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posted on 2019-10-28, 23:12 authored by Cindy BlantonCindy Blanton

The purpose of this evidence-based quantitative quasi-experimental project was to compare presenting information of the evidence-based Stoplight Diet and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) exercise recommendations, to parents’ reports of initial changes of healthier foods and drink choices and changes in exercise level of their child. Participants included families of children ages 6-9 at a pediatric primary care office in southeast United States (U.S.). The theory of planned behavior is the theoretical framework often used to assess health awareness and promote healthy food and drink choices in addition to increased levels of exercise. The clinical questions are: does implementation of a family-based behavior treatment of presenting information on the evidence-based Stoplight Diet lead to parental reporting of initial changes in healthier food and drink choices of their child? Does implementation of a family-based behavioral treatment of presenting information on CDC exercise recommendations lead to parents reporting initial change in their child’s exercise level? A quantitative pre-intervention and post-intervention design was used and data was analyzed through SPSS using paired t-tests. The intervention had a significant effect of increasing the servings of fruits and vegetables (p=0.001), decreasing the number of times a week a child eats take out (p=0.016), and increasing the time of active play (p=0.049). This project influenced awareness of healthy foods and drinks and exercise of families. Future considerations may include a longer duration of the intervention for evaluations of sustainability.




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Lead author country

  • United States

Lead author job role

  • Practitioner/Professional

Lead author institution

Grand Canyon University

Human Participants

  • Yes

Ethics statement

Authorization to use the physician’s office was obtained. Permission to use the Live 5210 Healthy Habits Questionnaire was obtained as was IRB from Grand Canyon University (GCU). The project site did not require an IRB approval. To ensure confidentiality, parents of 30 children ages 6 to 9 years old were asked to participate in this project in the exam room during their child’s scheduled doctor’s appointment and signed an informed consent if they agreed to participate.


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