Online Program

Monitoring and evaluation of a healthy life-style promotion program for the prevention of childhood obesity among 8 – 12 year olds enrolled in an after-school program in Chicago, Illinois

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 4:50 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.

Leslie Redmond, MS, RD, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Michael Guarrine, Erie Neighborhood House, Chicago, IL
Anna Hershey, Erie Neighborhood House, Chicago, IL
Beatriz Delgado, Erie Neighborhood House, Chicago, IL
Fannie Fonseca-Becker, PhD, Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Introduction: Childhood obesity is a growing burden.  Super H Kids is a community health care program at Chicago's Erie Neighborhood House (ENH) focused on nutrition and physical activity for the prevention of childhood obesity.  A partnership was formed between ENH and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with funding from the Johnson and Johnson Community Healthcare Program to implement and build in-house evaluation capacity to assess the effectiveness of Super H Kids. 

Methods: An after-school program is being implemented over 18-months.  A conceptual framework, goals, objectives, and outcome measures were developed to inform the curriculum.  Pre- and post-tests evaluating knowledge, behaviors, and self-efficacy were administered and heights and weights measured at the beginning and end of each 16-week session.   A data management and evaluation system was created to aid ongoing evaluation of the program and to improve effectiveness.

Results: 46% of the children in the formative phase were overweight or obese.  Only 41% of the children ate at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, and just over half (58%) engaged in at least 60 min of physical activity the prior day.  Recruitment is ongoing; follow-up data will be reported.

Conclusion: Programs like Super H Kids are influential in the effort to decrease childhood obesity.  The evaluation results are used to assess progress in meeting goals/objectives as well as identify areas for improvement.  The partnership of community health organizations with academic institutions improves in-house capacity for monitoring and evaluation and provides evidence-based feedback for future program development.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe the role of Super H Kids in the delivery of health education. Explain the importance of monitoring and evaluation of a community health program. Compare baseline and follow-up data to assess program impact on health outcomes.

Keyword(s): Child Health, Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the student collaborator assigned to provide training and technical assistance to Erie Neighborhood House Super H Kids Program.
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.