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Hip-Hop to Health Jr., an obesity prevention program for minority preschool children: baseline characteristics of participants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12634023     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of obesity in the United States is a significant public health problem. Many obesity-related risk factors are more prevalent in minority populations. Given the recalcitrant nature of weight loss interventions for adults, prevention of overweight and obesity has become a high priority. The present study reports baseline data from an obesity prevention intervention developed for minority preschool children. METHODS: Hip-Hop to Health Jr. is a 5-year randomized controlled intervention that targets 3- to 5-year-old minority children enrolled in 24 Head Start programs. Our primary aim is to test the effect of the intervention on change in body mass index. Data were collected on sociodemographic, anthropometric, behavioral, and cognitive variables for the children and parents at baseline. RESULTS: Participants included 416 black children, 337 black parents, 362 Latino children, and 309 Latino parents. Using body mass index for age and sex > or = the 95th percentile as the definition of overweight, 15% of the black children and 28% of the Latino children were overweight. More than 75% of the parents were either overweight or obese. DISCUSSION: The development of interventions to effectively prevent or control obesity early in life is crucial. These data highlight the escalating problem of weight control in minority populations.
Melinda R Stolley; Marian L Fitzgibbon; Alan Dyer; Linda Van Horn; Katherine KauferChristoffel; Linda Schiffer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Preventive medicine     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0091-7435     ISO Abbreviation:  Prev Med     Publication Date:  2003 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-03-13     Completed Date:  2003-07-23     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0322116     Medline TA:  Prev Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  320-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, 710 N. Lake Shore Drive, 12th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611, USA.
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MeSH Terms
African Americans*
Body Height
Body Mass Index
Body Weight
Child, Preschool / classification*
Health Behavior
Health Promotion / methods*
Hispanic Americans*
Intervention Studies
Life Style*
Obesity / ethnology*,  prevention & control*
Preventive Medicine / methods
Primary Prevention / organization & administration*
Program Development
Risk Factors
Socioeconomic Factors
United States / epidemiology
Grant Support

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