Online Child’s Health Assessment Tool for Obesity Prevention Programming

Laura A. Palmer, Kimberly J. McCarthy, Daniel F. Perkins, Lynne M. Borden, Jennifer M. DiNallo

Abstract


To optimize public health in the next decade, prevention of childhood obesity will remain a central focus. To impact behavioral change, data must be linked to continuous quality improvements within existing nutrition and physical activity programming. The Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk Professional Development and Technical Assistance Center has developed a picture-based, online survey tool, the CYFAR Health Assessment Tool (CHAT), to assess health behaviors in youth ages 6 to18 years of age. Used for continuous program improvement, aggregate data results are coupled with tailored health recommendations in 4 domains (behavior and environmental modifications, education, and direct strategies) and evidence-informed resources for dissemination to youth and parents. Program implementers use the data and resources for targeted programmatic improvements that more effectively promote health and well-being. CHAT also informs our collective understanding of youth’s perceptions of health in comparison to their actual behaviors.

 


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childhood obesity; youth; CYFAR; after-school; CHAT; nutrition; physical activity; health

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2018.599

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