This mixed methods project will expand upon an electronic health record (EHR)-based sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) screening program for children. The research team will develop a brief educational video on SSBs to pair with ongoing screening of pediatric patients, and will evaluate video implementation in clinical practice. The team of obesity and health communications researchers will first develop and test the optimal format and content for the video, using parental focus groups to compare narrative and didactic approaches. They will then produce and disseminate the video, automating its delivery through the EHR to parents of children who report high levels of SSB intake. They will conduct a process evaluation of this new patient education resource by measuring video viewing rates (and predictors of viewing) in eight clinical practices. This initial work will support a subsequent grant to study the effectiveness of a combined screening/video intervention for reducing child SSB intake.
Putting it in Pictures: Development of an Educational Video on Sugary Beverages & Implementation Using the Electronic Health Record
U.S. states have introduced bills requiring sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) to display health warning labels. This study examined how warning labels influence parents and which labels are most effective. Over 2,000 demographically and educationally diverse parents of children ages 6 to 11 participated in an online survey. Parents were randomized to … More
A National Research Agenda to Reduce Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Increase Safe Water Access and Consumption Among Zero- to Five-Year-Olds
Early childhood is a critical period for developing food preferences and dietary patterns. Despite dietary recommendations to limit or eliminate sugary drinks in early childhood, children ages 0 to 5 frequently drink these beverages. There is currently a lack of evidence on effective policy, systems, and environmental strategies to reduce … More
A Systematic Review of Strategies to Reduce Sugar‐Sweetened Beverage Consumption Among 0‐Year to 5‐Year Olds
Sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption begins early and increases with age in the U.S., and there is robust evidence linking SSB consumption with negative health consequences. This systematic review synthesizes evidence from 27 studies on strategies aimed to reduce SSB consumption among 0- to 5-year-olds. Interventions took place primarily in healthcare … More