Electronic health record (EHR) screening for sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) intake may be a novel intervention for reducing SSB intake in children, and would result in longitudinal databases of individual-level consumption that could enhance the ability the evaluate local or regional SSB policies. This study aims to: 1) implement and evaluate the uptake of a single point-of-care SSB screening question using the EHR in a large health system in North Carolina for children 6 months through 17 years old; and 2) evaluate the validity and utility of an SSB screening measure for observational research by studying the accuracy of the EHR measure and its correlation with body mass index (BMI) z-score over a 12 month period. This study will take place in seven pediatric and family medicine practices affiliated with the Wake Forest Baptist Health system. All practices use the same integrated EHR and serve a diverse population of over 24,000 children from the Piedmont and Appalachian regions of North Carolina.
Studying the Novel Approach of Using Electronic Health Records From Pediatric Primary Care to Measure Children’s Consumption of Sugary Beverages
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