The overall aim of this study is to pilot test an integrated, culturally sensitive home-based program targeting predominantly low-income, African American and Hispanic parents to improve parenting skills for obesity prevention and control among 2-3 year old toddlers.
This is a pilot study using a randomized control design after development of the intervention. The intervention will integrate the Play and Learning Strategies (PALS) program, a home-based parent- centered curriculum designed to facilitate parents’ mastery of skills for interacting with their toddler with Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH), a behaviorally-based school health promotion program based on Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) to increase opportunities for healthy eating and activity.
We will integrate and pilot test PALS-CATCH, a 10-week home-based obesity prevention and control intervention targeting parents of toddlers 2-3y who are overweight/obese. The study will be implemented in three phases. Phase 1 (months 1-7) will include an integration of the PALS Toddler curriculum with CATCH EC messages and behavioral strategies. Phase 2 (months 8-18) will consist of a pilot-test of PALS-CATCH using a RCT design; and Phase 3 (months 19-24) will consist of coding and analyzing data, report writing, and preparing for a R01 application.
Principal Investigators: Susan Landry, PhD; Shreela Sharma, PhD
Co-Investigators: Ursula Johnson, PhD; Courtney Byrd-Williams, PhD; Deanna Hoelscher PhD