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The goal of this study is to evaluate components of a preschool-based intervention designed to (1) increase children's nutrition knowledge, (2) increase physical activity in childcare settings, (3) increase emotional, behavioral and eating-related regulation, and (4) provide guidance to parents/caregivers about appropriate parenting and child-feeding strategies that promote healthy eating behaviors, dietary patterns and physical activity in preschool-aged children. The long-term goal is to help children develop healthy habits that reduce risk for obesity.


Clinical Trial Description

Findings from intervention studies designed to prevent obesity among preschool children are mixed. One approach to stemming the development of obesity in childhood is to alter children's choices and environments in ways that promote food literacy, acceptance of healthy foods, physical activity and self-regulation. Research on factors that influence the development of obesity in children has identified factors in children's environments that are potential targets for prevention programs. The goal of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of components designed for a preschool-based approach to preventing obesity in children. Using an innovative approach to optimizing behavioral interventions, the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST), we will examine the effects of a 28-week, randomized set of experiments designed to (1) increase children's nutrition knowledge, (2) increase physical activity in childcare settings, (3) increase emotional, behavioral and eating-related regulation, and (4) provide guidance to parents/caregivers about appropriate parenting and child-feeding strategies that promote healthy eating behaviors, dietary patterns and physical activity in preschool-aged children. Participants will include over 1300 predominantly low-income preschool children ages 3 to 5 years attending center-based childcare settings in Pennsylvania (~100 classrooms). The proposed study will provide information on the most efficacious components that produce measurable changes in children's nutrition knowledge and obesity-related behaviors. The results of this study will be used to inform the design of a randomized controlled trial to prevent obesity in children. ;


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NCT number NCT04552678
Study type Interventional
Source Penn State University
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Status Completed
Phase N/A
Start date August 2015
Completion date December 15, 2020

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