197723 Evaluation of a parent nutrition education program in a large, multi-ethnic, urban school district

Monday, November 9, 2009: 10:45 AM

Chan Le Thai, MPH , School of Public Health, Nutrition Friendly Schools and Communities Group, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Jennifer Toller Erausquin, PhD, MPH , Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, Durham, NC
Michael Prelip, MPH, DPA , School of Public Health, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Wendelin Slusser, MD, MS , School of Public Health, Nutrition Friendly Schools and Communities Group, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Susi Cohen, BA , School of Public Health, Nutrition Friendly Schools and Communities Group, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Francisco Daniel Collin, BA , School of Public Health, Nutrition Friendly Schools and Communities Group, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Charlotte G. Neumann, MD, MPH , Dept. of Community Health Sciences, UCLA School of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
Background: The Network for a Healthy California Los Angeles Unified School District (Network LAUSD) engages teachers, parents, and students through an ecological approach with the goal of increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among school children in Los Angeles. Following extensive formative research, a comprehensive parent nutrition education program was developed and piloted in Spring 2008. Network LAUSD is fully implementing the program in the 2008-2009 school year. This presentation focuses on process and outcome evaluation results. Program design/methods: Six weekly interactive workshops for parents were implemented in parent centers at 15 LAUSD schools. Topics of the workshops include: MyPyramid, label reading, healthy choices when eating out, and menu planning. Through a pre-post test quasi-experimental non-equivalent control group design, data were collected via a written questionnaire on knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy and behaviors related to healthy eating. Results: Formative research indicated that the majority of parents in study schools were low-income and Spanish-speaking. Thus, the intervention and evaluation instruments were designed to accordingly. We expect the outcome evaluation to show increases in parent knowledge about nutrition and physical activity, increases in parents' skills interpreting food labels, and improvements in food behaviors, specifically an increase in FV consumption. Data collected from parents receiving the intervention will be compared to parents in the comparison group (no intervention). Discussion: Findings from this evaluation highlight the obstacles and successes of utilizing an interactive workshop model for school-based parent nutrition education in a low-income, multi-ethnic, and largely Spanish-speaking urban school district.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Articulate the effectiveness of a workshop-model intervention in parent nutrition education in a school setting. (2) Discuss the obstacles encountered when conducting an evaluation of a school-based parent nutrition education program serving a low-literacy, multi-ethnic population. (3) Discuss opportunities for improving and sustaining parent nutrition education programs in a school setting.

Keywords: Nutrition, Health Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was involved in the design and implementation of the evaluation study.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.