A Newsletter/Text Message Intervention Promoting Beverage-Related Parenting Practices: Pilot Test Results

Arwa Zahid, Marla Reicks

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Abstract

Positive beverage parenting practices may reduce sugar-sweetened beverage consumption by children and prevent potential health problems. An online newsletter/text message intervention was conducted with parents of children 6 to 12 years to improve beverage parenting practices. Newsletters and text messages were sent weekly over a 4-week period providing gain-framed messages encouraging parenting practices including role modeling and controlling home beverage availability. Pre–post surveys included measures of home availability of beverages and parent beverage intake as an indication of parenting practices. Parents were primarily White, well-educated, and female. About one third lived in rural areas. Results from 100 parents with pre–post data from baseline to 4 weeks showed decreased reported home availability of regular soda pop (p =.008), decreased parent intake of sweetened beverages (p =.004), and decreased parent-reported child intake of regular soft drinks (p =.001), and sweetened juice drink beverages (p <.0001). Most parents (82%) reported reading all three newsletters and indicated that the information provided was relevant (93%). A brief newsletter/text message intervention may be a positive and convenient approach to promote positive beverage parenting practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)897-904
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Promotion Practice
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019

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Keywords

  • children
  • intervention
  • parent newsletters
  • sugar-sweetened beverages
  • text message

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