Walking the talk: Fit WIC wellness programs improve self-efficacy in pediatric obesity prevention counseling

Am J Public Health. 2004 Sep;94(9):1480-5. doi: 10.2105/ajph.94.9.1480.


Six sites of the California Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participated in a staff wellness pilot intervention designed to improve staff self-efficacy in counseling WIC clients about childhood overweight. A pre-post test design with intervention and control groups was used; outcome measures included staff perceptions of the intervention's effects on the workplace environment, their personal habits and health beliefs, and their counseling self-efficacy. Intervention site staff were more likely to report that the workplace environment supported their efforts to make healthy food choices (P <.001), be physically active (P <.01), make positive changes in counseling parents about their children's weight (P <.01), and feel more comfortable in encouraging WIC clients to do physical activities with their children (P <.05).

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • California
  • Child
  • Child Nutrition Sciences / education
  • Counseling / standards*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Education / standards
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Promotion / standards*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Maternal Health Services* / standards
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Prevalence
  • Self Care
  • Self Efficacy*
  • Social Environment
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Workplace