Bioscience

Community interventions and in-home visits may slow excess weight gain

June 2, 2010

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: ScienceDaily] – Community intervention can help American Indian families change behavior related to early childhood weight gain and obesity, according to a new Kaiser Permanente and Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) study.

The study, published online in the Journal of Community Health, also finds that adding in-home visits to the community intervention has an even more profound effect on behavior change, and can reduce a child’s body mass index.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, this is the first study to target obesity prevention among American Indian children starting at birth.

For more information: Community Interventions and in-Home Visits May Slow Excess Weight Gain in American Indian Children