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
Toddler drinks are a relatively new product category, typically offered by infant formula manufacturers and promoted as beneficial for young children ages 12 months and older. Marketing promotes these drinks as the “next step” after infant formula, using claims that imply unproven benefits for children’s nutrition and health. However, these drinks … More
Conducting a health-care-technology-based intervention to reduce sugary-beverage consumption for diverse populations of children
The healthcare sector is a promising venue for systems interventions to reduce children’s sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption, but clinical staff lack the time for high-intensity in-person interventions. We propose to develop and pilot a parent-informed, technology-enabled healthcare system-based intervention. The goals of the intervention are to: reduce SSB consumption, promote … More
Expanding and evaluating a community-based intervention to increase healthy beverage consumption by Navajo preschool children
Diet-related disparities among indigenous youth are driven, in part, by excess sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and limited access to drinking water. Water is K’é targets environmental change at early childhood education (ECE) sites and community-wide systems change to promote a Diné culture of health. ECE sites will select and implement site-based … More