Family-based hip-hop to health: Outcome results

Marian L. Fitzgibbon*, Melinda R. Stolley, Linda Schiffer, Angela Kong, Carol L. Braunschweig, Sandra L. Gomez-Perez, Angela Odoms-Young, Linda Van Horn, Katherine Kaufer Christoffel, Alan R. Dyer

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Objective: This pilot study tested the feasibility of Family-Based Hip-Hop to Health, a school-based obesity prevention intervention for 3-5-year-old Latino children and their parents, and estimated its effectiveness in producing smaller average changes in BMI at 1-year follow-up. Design and Methods: Four Head Start preschools administered through the Chicago Public Schools were randomly assigned to receive a Family-Based Intervention (FBI) or a General Health Intervention (GHI). Results: Parents signed consent forms for 147 of the 157 children enrolled. Both the school-based and family-based components of the intervention were feasible, but attendance for the parent intervention sessions was low. Contrary to expectations, a downtrend in BMI Z-score was observed in both the intervention and control groups. Conclusions: While the data reflect a downward trend in obesity among these young Hispanic children, obesity rates remained higher at 1-year follow-up (15%) than those reported by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2009-2010) for 2-5-year-old children (12.1%). Developing evidence-based strategies for obesity prevention among Hispanic families remains a challenge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)274-283
Number of pages10
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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