The University of Texas at Austin Latino Research Initiative

Healthy Frio

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

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.