Piloting the use of teen mentors to promote a healthy diet and physical activity among children in Appalachia
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2010
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Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Volume 16, Issue 1, pages 16–26, January 2011
How to Cite
Smith, L. H. (2011), Piloting the use of teen mentors to promote a healthy diet and physical activity among children in Appalachia. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 16: 16–26. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2010.00264.x
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 23 DEC 2010
- First Received March 31, 2010; Revision received September 1, 2010; Accepted for publication September 5, 2010.
Vol. 17, Issue 2, 175, Article first published online: 11 APR 2011
- child health;
Purpose. This study tested a mentoring model that paired trained teens with younger children in an after-school setting to deliver a curriculum aimed at promoting healthier patterns of dietary intake and physical activity.
Design and Methods. Using a pretest–posttest design, group comparisons were made. Descriptive, independent, and paired t-test analyses with Bonferroni corrections were conducted in a sample of 72 children.
Results. Group differences were noted with the intention to eat healthfully. Mentored children demonstrated greater improvement in knowledge, attitudes, efficacy, perceived support, and body mass index (BMI).
Practice Implications. Teen mentors can effectively impact children's intention to improve health behaviors, which is foundational to normalizing BMI.