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EatPlayGrow: A Feasibility Evidence Based Project
  • Ana J Reyes, University of San Diego
EATPLAYGROW: A Feasibility Evidence Based Project Ana J. Reyes, DNP Student Susan Instone, DNSc, APRN, CPNP University of San Diego University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science San Diego, CA San Diego, CA Project Aim: The purpose of this evidence-based project was to implement the National Institute of Health’s EatPlayGrow program in a San Diego North County Head Start Center. The program educates parents and children on nutrition, exercise and sleep to address childhood obesity. The goal is for parents and children to use this knowledge to make healthier lifestyle choices. Project Background: Childhood obesity continues to be a life-long health problem that may lead to complications such as Type II Diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that obesity affects 17% of children and adolescents in the United States; triple the rate from one generation ago. Providing parents and children education on how to make healthy choices can have long lasting effects that may prevent poor health choices later in life. Project Approach: Parents and children between the ages of two and five years of age were recruited to participate in an 11-week lesson plan that included hands-on educational activities focused on nutrition, physical activity and sleep. Parents were Spanish speaking only therefore lessons were translated to provide linguistically relevant material to the participants. Sessions lasted 90 minutes; a pre and post test was given to the parents to measure improvements in knowledge. Each session incorporated the children into the lessons through play, reading and physical activities such as dancing and other age appropriate activities. Outcomes: The desired outcome of this program was to improve knowledge about nutrition, exercise and sleep among parents and children enrolled in a Head Start Program. Out of twenty six potential participants (pp), three completed the program. These participants had an increase in knowledge in each topic covered. The potential participants who did not attend were contacted via telephone and the following information was provided: Eleven pp did not attend the program due to unexpected work demands; three did not attend due to personal or family illness, two not unable to participate due to starting evening college classes, two not able to attend due to length of program, one pp not able to attend due to lack of transportation and four not able to be reached for questions. Implications: The World Health Organization confirms the need for early and effective interventions geared towards reversing the high rates of obesity around the world. The education provided by this comprehensive program provides parents with the tools they need to make better nutritional choices and an understanding about the importance of physical activity and sleep for children and adults alike. Understanding how to successfully educate families about making healthy choices with programs that are effective is imperative to decrease the number of obese children in the nation.
  • EatPlayGrow
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Ana J Reyes. "EatPlayGrow: A Feasibility Evidence Based Project" (2007)
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