Feasibility of a remotely delivered program to prevent Latino adolescent obesity in the Midwestern USA

Sayaka Nagao-Sato, Silvia Alvarez de Davila, Javiera Monardez Popelka, Gabriela Burk, Darya Soltani, Aysegul Baltaci, Alejandro Omar Peralta Reyes, Matt Rodriguez, Marla Reicks, Ghaffar Ali Hurtado Choque

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Adolescent obesity prevention programs focusing on Latino fathers may be useful to address Latino adolescent obesity. Adolescent obesity has become an urgent issue because of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, with limited ability to deliver prevention programs in-person. This study aimed to assess the feasibility of a community-based, adolescent obesity prevention program for Latino father-Adolescent dyads delivered remotely, adapted from the in-person Padres Preparados, Jóvenes Saludables program. A quasi-experimental design was used to assess the feasibility of the remotely delivered program based on criteria adapted from other feasibility studies of community-based health promotion programs for Latino families. Father-Adolescent dyads were recruited at two sites in a Midwestern state during 2020; mothers were also encouraged to participate. Recruitment met the feasibility criteria (65 families expressed interest between August and October) with 26 families participating in this study. The retention ratio (percentage of participants who completed a post-session survey to those who completed the baseline survey) among fathers was acceptable (77%), while a lower percentage of adolescents were retained (68%). The session attendance ratio (number of sessions attended of the eight total sessions offered) was higher among adolescents (88%) and lower among fathers (68%) compared to the criteria. Satisfaction ratings (≥88%) and completeness of data collection at both baseline and post-session survey (≥76%) were acceptable. Favorable results were obtained for parent outcomes, while adolescent outcomes were not favorably changed. This remotely delivered adolescent obesity prevention program was feasible for Latino fathers; however, additional engagement with adolescents may be needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberdaac106
JournalHealth Promotion International
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2022

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  • Latino parents and adolescents
  • adolescent obesity prevention
  • community-based program
  • feasibility
  • remote education


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