The University of Texas at Austin Latino Research Initiative

About Health4Kids

A family-focused intervention encouraging healthy eating and physical activity in overweight Latino children

Project Summary:

Health4Kids is an obesity management program that uses family counseling, text messages, and newsletters to encourage healthier eating and increased physical activity in overweight and obese Latino children in San Antonio, Texas. Through pediatric clinics at the University Health System, researchers will work with child-parent pairs to test and evaluate the efficacy of intervention strategies including family counseling (in-clinic and phone) and culturally tailored text messages and newsletters. The research team will measure the impact of the program on body composition, insulin, glucose and cholesterol levels, and on health behavior changes like physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption.

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Key words: Latino, urban, family-focused, development, obesity prevention, nutrition, physical activity, mhealth

Project Details: 

Principal Investigator: Deborah Parra-Medina, MPH, PhD, FAAHB
Project Title: Health4Kids (H4K) Intervention Trial for Hispanic Families
Funder(s): National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders
Community partners: Carisse Orsi, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, UT Health San Antonio; Yuanyuan Liang, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, UT Health San Antonio; David Akopian, UT San Antonio
Project Period: 2013-2019
Location: San Antonio, Texas


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