Addressing Childhood Obesity in Rural Areas: Research Findings from the 4-Health Parent-Centered Program

A session at Priester National Health Extension Conference

Tuesday 16th April, 2013

9:40am to 10:10am (PST)

The prevalence of childhood obesity in the US is a widely recognized health concern. Studies indicate that obesity rates for children in rural settings are as high as or higher than that of their urban counterparts. The 4-Health program was developed to improve the nutritional and physical health of rural preteens and their families. Funded through USDA and implemented in a rural western state, 4-Health targeted 4-H parents with preteens between the ages of 8-12 years. A two-group pretest-posttest research design was used with a 6-month follow up. Findings indicate a parent-focused program can be useful in improving preteen health.

Sandra Bailey, Galen Eldridge, Carrie Benke, and Lynn Paul Montana State University

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Time 9:40am10:10am PST

Date Tue 16th April 2013

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