Feasibility of an obesity intervention for paediatric primary care targeting parenting and children: Helping HAND
Version of Record online: 9 NOV 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Child: Care, Health and Development
Volume 39, Issue 1, pages 141–149, January 2013
How to Cite
O'Connor, T. M., Hilmers, A., Watson, K., Baranowski, T. and Giardino, A. P. (2013), Feasibility of an obesity intervention for paediatric primary care targeting parenting and children: Helping HAND. Child: Care, Health and Development, 39: 141–149. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2011.01344.x
- Issue online: 12 DEC 2012
- Version of Record online: 9 NOV 2011
- Accepted for publication 25 September 2011
- primary care
Background The primary care setting offers the opportunity to reach children and parents to encourage healthy lifestyle behaviours, and improve weight status among children.
Objective Test the feasibility of Helping HAND (Healthy Activity and Nutrition Directions), an obesity intervention for 5- to 8-year-old children in primary care clinics.
Methods A randomized controlled pilot study of Helping HAND, a 6-month intervention, targeted children with body mass index 85–99%tile and their parents. Intervention group attended monthly sessions and self-selected child behaviours and parenting practices to change. Control group received regular paediatric care and was wait-listed for Helping HAND. Session completion, participant satisfaction, child anthropometrics, dietary intake, physical activity, TV viewing and behaviour-specific parenting practices were measured pre and post intervention.
Results Forty parent–child dyads enrolled: 82.5% were Hispanic, 80% had a girl and 65% reported income ≤$30 000/year. There was 20% attrition from Helping HAND (attended <4/6 sessions). Families self-selected 4.35 (SD 1.75) behaviours to target during the 6-month programme and each of the seven behaviours was selected by 45–80% of the families. There were no between group differences in the child's body mass index z-score, dietary intake or physical activity post intervention. Intervention group viewed 14.9 (SE 2.3) h/week of TV post intervention versus control group 23.3 (SE 2.4) h/week (P < 0.05).
Conclusion Helping HAND is feasible, due to low attrition, good programme attendance, and clinically relevant improvements in some child and parenting behaviours.