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Feasibility of an 8-week African American Web-based Pilot Program Promoting Healthy Eating Behaviors: Family Eats

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Objectives : To assess log-on rates and change in mediating variables achieved from a webbased nutrition intervention for African American families.

Methods : A parent and 9- to 12- year-old daughter (n=67 families) completed questionnaires measuring dietary change mediating variables.

Results : Overall log-on rate was 59%. Significant positive changes were noted in motherreported menu planning, self-efficacy, fruit/vegetable availability self-efficacy, modifying meat-fat practices, substitution fat practices, and healthy restaurant selection, and daughter-reported parent modeling of eating fruit and vegetables.

Conclusion : An Internet-delivered nutrition intervention for families was successful in achieving change in some mediating variables, with modest log-on rates. Future research should investigate impact on dietary behaviors.

Keywords: African American; family; log-on rates; nutrition behavior change program; web-based intervention

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Associate Professor, Children's Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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