266801 Teaching Adolescents Health Literacy while Combating Obesity

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 8:50 AM - 9:10 AM

Dorice Vieira, MLS, MA, MPH , NYU Health Sciences Libraries, NYU Langone Medical Center/NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY
Background: Recent data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey shows that approximately 12.5 million (17%) children and adolescents are obese. Prevalence among African-American/Caribbean-American youth is alarmingly higher than among white and Hispanic youth. A myriad of interventions to increase physical activity and modify nutritional behavior have been studied without input from the stakeholders most heavily impacted by the problem—the youth. The question was asked, “Will African-American youth participate in activities to help modify behavioral risk factors associated with obesity, if rewarded?” Methods: In Spring, 2011, a community-based pilot project centering on teenagers being monetarily rewarded for participation in educational events and given generous gifts for participating in a focus group--was conducted in a Brooklyn, NY predominantly African-American/Caribbean-American neighborhood. Group discussions on health literacy, innovative activities on nutrition, and dance activities were held one month prior to the focus group session. Results: Over 50 adolescents attended various educational events. Ten adolescents attended the focus group. Adolescents, significant stakeholders in the fight against obesity, can provide valuable input recommending no-cost, sustainable interventions working with the school system, community and with family and friends. There was no expectation of reward. Implications for Practice & Research: Adolescents in major metropolitan cities should be welcomed as active participants at the research table. The next steps are to plan programs to prepare youth to implement the activities and to assess the programs' effectiveness in empowering adolescents as key stakeholders in the fight against obesity.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
1) Discuss interventions for obesity prevention among adolescents, specifically minorities. 2) Design interventions that impact on obesity prevention among adolescents, specifically minorities.

Keywords: Adolescents, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been practicing in the field of Public Health since 2009. Having a degree in Library Science and Public Health makes me exceptionally qualified for this type of research and presentation. In addition, I work with a major public servic e/community organization which reaches out to the wider Brooklyn, NY community.
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.