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
Taxing sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) has emerged as an important healthy food and weight policy over the past five years. Seven US cities and more than 30 countries across the globe have adopted taxes on sugary drinks. Initial evaluations have found that these taxes raise the prices of sugary drinks and … More
Studying the Impact of Ecological Momentary Interventions on Sugary-Beverage Consumption by Children Through Age 2 in Low-Income Families
The first 1,000 days describes the period from pre-pregnancy through age 2 years, and is increasingly recognized as a critical period for development of childhood obesity. The overall goal of this study is to test mobile technology-based ecologic momentary interventions (EMIs) to deliver policy-relevant health messages among families living in … More