NuFit: Nutrition and fitness CBPR program evaluation

Chelsea McKinney*, Virginia Bishop, Kathy Cabrera, Roxane Medina, Desire Takawira, Nilmari Donate, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Beti Guevara

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The present study combines community-based participatory research (CBPR) and peer education to create NuFit, a nutrition and fitness curriculum, adapted by community and student peer leaders for Latino and African-American high-school students in Chicago. The purpose of this pilot study was to assess the feasibility and efficacy of the NuFit curriculum to improve the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding nutrition and fitness for minority and adolescent student populations. The NuFit curriculum improved students short-term self-reported behaviors and attitudes around nutrition and fitness. The NuFit curriculum shows promise as one mechanism to help prevent and combat childhood obesity by fostering healthy attitudes and behaviors during the critical developmental stage of adolescence. Involvement of and collaboration between community stakeholders and youth appeared to increase the likelihood of NuFit's cultural relevance and sustainability. More work is necessary to evaluate the long-term effects of NuFit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-124
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2014


  • adolescent obesity
  • community-based participatory research
  • fitness
  • nutrition
  • peer education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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