Pathways family intervention for third-grade American Indian children

Nicolette I Teufel-Shone, Cheryl L. Perry, Mary Story, Hilary G. Flint-Wagner, Sarah Levin, Theresa E. Clay, Sally M. Davis, Joel Gittelsohn, Jackie Altaha, Juanita L. Pablo

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Abstract

The goal of the feasibility phase of the Pathways family intervention was to work with families of third-grade American Indian children to reinforce health behaviors being promoted by the curriculum, food service, and physical activity components of this school-based obesity prevention intervention. Family behaviors regarding food choices and physical activity were identified and ranked according to priority by using formative assessment and a literature review of school-based programs that included a family component. The family intervention involved 3 primary strategies designed to create an informed home environment supportive of behavioral change: 1) giving the children 'family packs' containing worksheets, interactive assignments, healthful snacks, and low-fat tips and recipes to take home to share with their families; 2) implementing family events at the school to provide a fun atmosphere in which health education concepts could be introduced and reinforced; and 3) forming school-based family advisory councils composed of family members and community volunteers who provided feedback on Pathways strategies, helped negotiate barriers, and explored ideas for continued family participation. For strategy 2, a kick-off Family Fun Night provided a series of learning booths that presented the healthful behaviors taught by Pathways. At an end-of-year Family Celebration, a healthy meal was served, students demonstrated newly learned Pathways activities, and certificates were presented in recognition of completion of the Pathways curriculum. Based on evaluation forms and attendance rosters, strategies 1 and 2 were more easily implemented and better received than strategy 3. Implications for developing family involvement strategies for intervention programs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Volume69
Issue number4 SUPPL.
StatePublished - 1999

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physical activity
celebrations
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food service
snacks
meals (menu)
food choices
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students
obesity
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lipids
Exercise
Food Services
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Keywords

  • American Indians
  • Children
  • Exercise
  • Family
  • Health attitudes
  • Health behaviors
  • Health education
  • Health promotion
  • Low-fat diet
  • Nutrition intervention obesity prevention
  • Parents
  • Physical activity

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Food Science

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Teufel-Shone, N. I., Perry, C. L., Story, M., Flint-Wagner, H. G., Levin, S., Clay, T. E., ... Pablo, J. L. (1999). Pathways family intervention for third-grade American Indian children. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 69(4 SUPPL.).

Pathways family intervention for third-grade American Indian children. / Teufel-Shone, Nicolette I; Perry, Cheryl L.; Story, Mary; Flint-Wagner, Hilary G.; Levin, Sarah; Clay, Theresa E.; Davis, Sally M.; Gittelsohn, Joel; Altaha, Jackie; Pablo, Juanita L.

In: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 69, No. 4 SUPPL., 1999.

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Teufel-Shone, NI, Perry, CL, Story, M, Flint-Wagner, HG, Levin, S, Clay, TE, Davis, SM, Gittelsohn, J, Altaha, J & Pablo, JL 1999, 'Pathways family intervention for third-grade American Indian children', American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 69, no. 4 SUPPL..
Teufel-Shone NI, Perry CL, Story M, Flint-Wagner HG, Levin S, Clay TE et al. Pathways family intervention for third-grade American Indian children. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1999;69(4 SUPPL.).
Teufel-Shone, Nicolette I ; Perry, Cheryl L. ; Story, Mary ; Flint-Wagner, Hilary G. ; Levin, Sarah ; Clay, Theresa E. ; Davis, Sally M. ; Gittelsohn, Joel ; Altaha, Jackie ; Pablo, Juanita L. / Pathways family intervention for third-grade American Indian children. In: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1999 ; Vol. 69, No. 4 SUPPL.
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