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Successes and barriers for a youth weight-management program

Creator:

Jeffrey Rice, David Thombs, Rick Leach and Richard Rehm

Subject Keywords: A qualitative research paper assessing a youth weight-management programme.
Topic: Obesity
Cardiovascular Health (Draft)
Type: Report
Region: International (other)
Description:

A patient recruiting process was developed for a youth weight-management program in a metropolitan area, and the clinical effects of the program on overweight and obese children aged 7 to 17 years old were assessed. During the 12-month effort, 68 overweight children were enrolled. The program included exercise, nutrition coaching, and behavior change counseling. Clinical outcomes were measured. Patient recruiting methods were monitored and included working with physicians and schools and marketing to consumers. Program adherence was 71% attendance, 5% noncompliance, and 5% drop out rates. Clinical outcomes were excellent: 68% of participants lowered their body mass index by an average of 2.5% (mean, 24 weeks). The program was clinically successful, but patient recruitment initiatives were unsuccessful and the program was discontinued. Parents were the largest obstacle to patient recruiting efforts. For children's weight-management programs to be commercially viable, new models of patient recruiting and promotion of parental acceptance are needed.

Date:

01/03/2008

Rights: © Sage
Suggested citation:

Jeffrey Rice, David Thombs, Rick Leach and Richard Rehm. (2008) Successes and barriers for a youth weight-management program [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/3875 [Accessed: 16th June 2019].

  

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