Next Article in Journal
Exposure Profile to Traffic Related Pollution in Pediatric Age: A Biomonitoring Study
Next Article in Special Issue
Walking Engagement in Mexican Americans Who Participated in a Community-Wide Step Challenge in El Paso, TX
Previous Article in Journal
Exploring Barriers to Participation in Pediatric Rehabilitation: Voices of Children and Young People with Disabilities, Parents, and Professionals
Previous Article in Special Issue
Using Electronic Medical Record Data to Better Understand Obesity in Hispanic Neighborhoods in El Paso, Texas
Article

Designing for Multilevel Behavior Change: A Father-Focused Nutrition and Physical Activity Program for Mexican-Heritage Families in South Texas Border Communities

1
Nutrition and Foods Program, School of Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA
2
Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
3
Department of Public Health, Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76706, USA
4
The University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, Houston School of Public Health-Dallas Regional Campus, Dallas, TX 75207, USA
5
Department of Health and Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(19), 10117; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910117
Received: 27 July 2021 / Revised: 17 September 2021 / Accepted: 19 September 2021 / Published: 26 September 2021
Fathers significantly influence family functioning, as coparents and partners, and must be part of family-based approaches to behavioral health interventions or programs. But little is known regarding how to support Latino fathers in health promotion within their family systems, specifically for Latino families living in border communities. Program development was embedded in a larger community-based grant and part of a longstanding academic-community collaboration. An interdisciplinary research team applied theories related to health behavior, family systems, behavior change, and community engagement to develop a father-focused and family-centered behavioral program for Mexican-heritage fathers and children living near the Texas-Mexico border to support changes in nutrition and physical activity at the individual and family levels. Promotoras de salud (trained community health workers) delivered the program through group sessions, check-in calls, and at-home activities. Group session activities were designed to engage family triads and dyads using experiential education related to nutrition and physical activity, like cooking lessons and active play, over a six-week period. Future research can use the program approach and curricula as a roadmap for designing context-specific and culturally-relevant programs for Latino families. Additional research is needed to explore how approaches like this can support families and their health goals. View Full-Text
Keywords: colonias; promotoras; Latino fathers; family systems; health promotion; rural colonias; promotoras; Latino fathers; family systems; health promotion; rural
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Johnson, C.M.; Sharkey, J.R.; Umstattd Meyer, M.R.; Gómez, L.; Allicock, M.A.; Prochnow, T.; Beltrán, E.; Martinez, L. Designing for Multilevel Behavior Change: A Father-Focused Nutrition and Physical Activity Program for Mexican-Heritage Families in South Texas Border Communities. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 10117. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910117

AMA Style

Johnson CM, Sharkey JR, Umstattd Meyer MR, Gómez L, Allicock MA, Prochnow T, Beltrán E, Martinez L. Designing for Multilevel Behavior Change: A Father-Focused Nutrition and Physical Activity Program for Mexican-Heritage Families in South Texas Border Communities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(19):10117. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910117

Chicago/Turabian Style

Johnson, Cassandra M., Joseph R. Sharkey, M. R. Umstattd Meyer, Luis Gómez, Marlyn A. Allicock, Tyler Prochnow, Elva Beltrán, and Luz Martinez. 2021. "Designing for Multilevel Behavior Change: A Father-Focused Nutrition and Physical Activity Program for Mexican-Heritage Families in South Texas Border Communities" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 19: 10117. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910117

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop