August 15, 2017 - Volume 2 - Issue 16

  • Joseph E. Donnelly, EdD, FACSM
  • 2379-2868
  • 2379-2868
  • Twice each month

​In the July 15 issue, ​​​​Taverno Ross and colleagues provide the design and methods for an intervention titled "ANDALE Pittsburgh," a culturally appropriate, family-based intervention to promote healthy weight in Latino children age 2–5. The study was organized into two major phases: Phase I conducted focus groups with 30 Latino parents of preschool children to inform the development of a culturally appropriate intervention; Phase II will test the feasibility and effectiveness of the intervention with 50 families. Promotoras will deliver the home-based intervention to families over ten, 90-min weekly sessions that include education, practice, and action (i.e., goal setting). The 5,2,1,0 approach will be used; 5 fruits and vegetables, 2 h recreation, 1 h physical activity, 0 sugar drinks. Behavior modification constructs and strategies (e.g., goal setting, problem solving, social support), and building of self-efficacy through healthy recipe preparation and physical activity breaks, will be included. The training of the Promotoras is described and appears critical for the success of the intervention. Outcomes to be measured for children include height and weight to calculate BMI z-scores and BMI% and secondarily screen time and diet behaviors. Environmental measures will include parents BMI, health behaviors and home social and physical environment.

The Latino community including children display obesity at far greater rates than the general population and will benefit from culturally appropriate interventions. The use of Promotoras and the family emphasis is a promising approach and if successful, will provide guidance for prevention and treatment options.

I would like to invite researchers to submit their translational science papers for physical activity and policy for peer review in the Translational Journal of The American College of Sports Medicine.


Joseph E. Donnelly, EdD, FACSM