Family-based hip-hop to health: outcome results

Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Feb;21(2):274-83. doi: 10.1002/oby.20269.


Objective: This pilot study tested the feasibility of Family-Based Hip-Hop to Health, a school-based obesity prevention intervention for 3-5-year-old Latino children and their parents, and estimated its effectiveness in producing smaller average changes in BMI at 1-year follow-up.

Design and methods: Four Head Start preschools administered through the Chicago Public Schools were randomly assigned to receive a Family-Based Intervention (FBI) or a General Health Intervention (GHI).

Results: Parents signed consent forms for 147 of the 157 children enrolled. Both the school-based and family-based components of the intervention were feasible, but attendance for the parent intervention sessions was low. Contrary to expectations, a downtrend in BMI Z-score was observed in both the intervention and control groups.

Conclusions: While the data reflect a downward trend in obesity among these young Hispanic children, obesity rates remained higher at 1-year follow-up (15%) than those reported by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2009-2010) for 2-5-year-old children (12.1%). Developing evidence-based strategies for obesity prevention among Hispanic families remains a challenge.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Mass Index
  • Chicago
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diet
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motor Activity
  • Nutrition Surveys
  • Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Schools
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Television