Perceptions and Impact of a Youth-led Childhood Obesity Prevention Intervention among Youth-leaders

Elizabeth Anderson Steeves, Angela Cristina Bizzotto Trude, Cara Frances Ruggiero, Maria Jose Mejia Ruiz, Jessica C. Jones-Smith, Keshia Pollack Porter, Lawrence Cheskin, Kristen Marie Hurley, Laura Hopkins, Joel Gittelsohn

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Objective: To evaluate the impact of a youth-led nutrition intervention on youth-leaders themselves Design: Mixed methods, including: in-depth interviews and a quasi-experimental quantitative study comparing youth-leaders and nonparticipant comparison youth Analysis: Qualitative analysis using direct content analysis. Difference-in-differences analyses assessing quantitative program impact. Results: Youth-leaders perceived that the intervention impacted themselves, the youth-participants, and their respective social networks. Youth-leaders experienced greater increases in intentions to eat healthfully (p = .04), and greater decreases in support for healthy eating from their friends (p = .01), than the comparison group. Conclusions/Implications: Youth-leaders reported multiple levels of intervention impact, and increased intentions for healthy eating; however, additional research is needed to enhance impact on behavioral outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

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Keywords

  • adolescent
  • african-american
  • mentoring
  • mixed-methods
  • nutrition
  • obesity
  • peer-led
  • Youth-led

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Perceptions and Impact of a Youth-led Childhood Obesity Prevention Intervention among Youth-leaders. / Anderson Steeves, Elizabeth; Trude, Angela Cristina Bizzotto; Ruggiero, Cara Frances; Mejia Ruiz, Maria Jose; Jones-Smith, Jessica C.; Pollack Porter, Keshia; Cheskin, Lawrence; Hurley, Kristen Marie; Hopkins, Laura; Gittelsohn, Joel.

In: Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 01.01.2019.

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Anderson Steeves, Elizabeth ; Trude, Angela Cristina Bizzotto ; Ruggiero, Cara Frances ; Mejia Ruiz, Maria Jose ; Jones-Smith, Jessica C. ; Pollack Porter, Keshia ; Cheskin, Lawrence ; Hurley, Kristen Marie ; Hopkins, Laura ; Gittelsohn, Joel. / Perceptions and Impact of a Youth-led Childhood Obesity Prevention Intervention among Youth-leaders. In: Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 2019.
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