4-Health: A Programmatic Evaluation of a Parent-Based Childhood Obesity Prevention Program

Carrie Benke, Sandra Bailey, Galen Eldridge, Wesley Lynch, Jill Martz, Lynn Paul

Abstract


The 4-Health Project promotes healthy lifestyles for rural families with an overall goal of reducing or preventing childhood obesity. 4-Health is an integrated research and educational outreach program delivered by agents located in Montana State University Extension offices throughout the state. The collaborative project was developed to provide healthy living programs focusing on the areas of parenting and family communication, body image, food and nutrition, and physical activity to rural parents of 8-12 year old children participating in Montana’s 4-H Youth Development programs. Evaluation outcomes of the 4-Health Educational (experimental) program and the Healthy Living Information (control) program both showed increases in participants’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to healthy living, with those participating in the 4-Health Educational program making greater gains.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2013.83

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