Bienestar: a diabetes risk-factor prevention program

J Sch Health. 1998 Feb;68(2):62-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.1998.tb07192.x.


The Bienester Health Program, a diabetes risk-factor prevention pilot program, targeted fourth grade Mexican American children. The primary goals are to decrease the two established risk factors for diabetes--overweight and dietary fats. Since the health program is based on Social Cognitive Theory, on social systems structure, and on culturally relevant material, it considers the child's social systems on both its health program and process evaluation. Learning activities were developed for four social systems that potentially influence children's health behaviors (parent, classroom, school cafeteria, and after-school care). Preliminary results show that the Bienestar Health Program significantly decreased dietary fat, increased fruit and vegetable servings, and increased diabetes health knowledge.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health
  • Child
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / etiology
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / prevention & control*
  • Diet
  • Dietary Fats / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mexican Americans*
  • Obesity / complications*
  • Parents
  • Psychometrics
  • Risk Factors
  • School Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Texas


  • Dietary Fats