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$4.8 million study will fight child obesity in California
Date:4/25/2011

  • $25 monthly in vouchers that can be used to buy fruits and vegetables at participating markets;

  • Family Nights that include parent education about children's nutrition needs and physical activity;

  • Classroom instruction for children on nutrition and physical activity;

  • Two health screenings yearly to monitor body mass index, skinfold thickness and waist circumference; and

  • A community art project with murals and posters promoting healthy eating and active living.

Concurrently, in San Joaquin, a similar number of children will receive the health screenings. In addition, their parents will be provided workshops on topics such as "How to support your children in school" and "Strategies to help your child prepare for college." However, the San Joaquin group will not receive the more intensive intervention.

(After both towns had agreed to take part in the study, a random card-draw determined that Firebaugh would be the intervention group and San Joaquin would be the control group.)

At the study's end, UC Davis researchers will analyze the results to see which strategies worked best.

"This intervention study will be one of the first of its kind in the nation for Latino children between the ages of 3 and 8 and, hopefully, will help us target what really works in sustaining healthy eating and exercise for Latino families with young children," said de la Torre.

The "Ninos Sanos, Familia Sana" study collaborators come from a rich cross-section of the community, and include key people who influence children's eating habits and activity levels.

Among them are parents who have volunteered to have their families take part; grocery stores (Firebaugh Market, Carniceria y Panaderia Joana's and San Joaquin Foodland); health clinics (Sablan Medical Clinic); a nonprofit, community-based program of promotoras, or outreach workers (Proteus, Inc.);
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Contact: Adela de la Torre
adelatorre@ucdavis.edu
530-752-2421
University of California - Davis
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