The University of Texas at Austin Latino Research Initiative

About Healthy Rural TX

Evidence-based family-focused intervention promoting healthy lifestyles in rural Latino families


Project Summary: 

Healthy Rural TX (formerly Healthy Frio) promotes healthy lifestyles in rural Latino families through a randomized controlled trial comparing the effectiveness of two approaches to healthy lifestyle intervention.

This study examines the delivery of a family-based program designed to counter the prevalence of obesity and obesity-related diseases in rural Latino populations in South Texas. In order to identify best practices for family-focused interventions in a rural setting, two versions of the program will be offered, one version delivered to families in-person in a group setting at a community setting, and the other delivered using digital media and cell-phone technology.  Each group will participate in a 12-week program designed to engage the entire family in lifestyle changes by improving knowledge and skills in physical activity and healthy eating, building goal-setting and self-monitoring skills, and fostering a supportive home environment.

Key words: Latino, rural, evidence-based, family-focused, m-health (mobile health), obesity, prevention, nutrition, physical activity

Project Details: 

Principal investigator(s): Deborah Parra-Medina, MPH, PhD, FAAHB
Project Title: Healthy Frio: A Rural Community Partnership to Advance Latino Obesity Research
Funder(s): National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH)
Project Period: 2016-2021