ArticleShaking and Rattling: Developing a Child Obesity Prevention Program Using a Faith-Based Community ApproachReifsnider, Elizabeth PhD, PHCNS-BC, WHNP; Hargraves, Martha PhD, MPH; Williams, Karen Jaynes PhD, MHSA; Cooks, John BA; Hall, Valerie BSN, RNAuthor Information Center for Nursing Research and Evaluation, School of Nursing (Dr Reifsnider) and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine (Drs Hargraves and Williams), The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston; La Marque Independent School District, La Marque, Texas (Mr Cooks); and Galveston Island Community Research Advisory Committee, Galveston, Texas (Ms Hall). Corresponding Author: Elizabeth Reifsnider, PhD, PHCNS-BC, WHNP, School of Nursing, University of Texas Medical Branch, 301 University Blvd, Galveston, TX 77555 (email@example.com). This work was funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research 1 R21 NR010362-01A1, and the National Cancer Institute 1 R03 CA139569-02. Family & Community Health: April-June 2010 - Volume 33 - Issue 2 - p 144-151 doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e3181d59487 Buy Metrics Abstract This article describes the creation of a faith-based, community action research intervention aimed at reducing childhood obesity among a vulnerable population. Of particular concern to the community was the prevalence of obesity among its minority children. Engaging parents in a childhood obesity initiative through faith-based organizations (churches, community organizations with a common religious focus) was a method to provide a research intervention. It is important for researchers to be culturally competent, employ community-based participatory research methods, carefully plan interventions that have clear outcome criteria, and build evaluation of the process into every step of the research. © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.