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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(12), 13065-13073; doi:10.3390/ijerph111213065

The Development of a Bilingual Interactive Video to Improve Physical Activity and Healthful Eating in a Head Start Population

Division of Endocrinology, Baylor Scott & White Health, College of Medicine, The Texas A&M Health Science Center, 2401 South 31st Street, Temple, TX 76508, USA
Received: 30 September 2014 / Revised: 3 December 2014 / Accepted: 5 December 2014 / Published: 15 December 2014
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The prevalence of obesity in the Hispanic preschool population remains elevated, particularly among children in low income families below the poverty level. Obesity leads to the early onset of metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes. The Head Start population of Texas is largely comprised of this high risk group. Their physical activity level is suboptimal in part due to lack of available outside play areas and time spent watching television and playing sedentary video games. Dietary intake is frequently high in sugar sweetened beverages and low in vegetables. The group is frequently bilingual with limited vocabulary and has not learned to read. Preserving their Mexican American culture is a concern. This article describes the development and assessment of a group of bilingual interactive video interventions to improve age appropriate physical activity while providing basic nutrition education focusing on increasing vegetable and water intake and decreasing sugar sweetened beverages. Suggestions for development and assessment of content were provided by focus groups of Head Start teachers, managers and dietitians in the Texas counties of Bastrop, Hidalgo and McLennon. A demonstration of the videos was conducted in Bastrop County. Teachers, students and managers felt that the videos provided excellent information, improved exercise participation and engaged the children. View Full-Text
Keywords: preschool children; physical activity and nutrition; interactive videos preschool children; physical activity and nutrition; interactive videos
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Piziak, V. The Development of a Bilingual Interactive Video to Improve Physical Activity and Healthful Eating in a Head Start Population. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 13065-13073.

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