The intergenerational transmission of health knowledge and behaviors: An evaluation of the Go!Kids Obesity Prevention Program

Jessica S Hafetz, Fordham University

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to evaluate the Go!Kids Obesity Prevention Program. The Go!Kids Program is a school-based obesity prevention program for Head Start students and their parents. There were two main objectives of the evaluation. First, the Go!Kids' program theory was translated into a logic model and then evaluated. Second, an impact assessment was conducted to examine the effect of program participation on the health knowledge and behaviors of parent and child participants. The results showed that there was not a main effect for parents' knowledge on children's eating behavior and time spent watching television. It was found that degree of immersion in American culture was related to parent health related opinions and moderated the relationship between parent knowledge of health and nutrition and child television watching. Participation in the Go!Kids Program was successful in increasing children's knowledge of health and nutrition, but not for the parents' knowledge of health and nutrition. Implications for the Go!Kids Program are discussed. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Behavioral|Psychology, Developmental

Recommended Citation

Jessica S Hafetz, "The intergenerational transmission of health knowledge and behaviors: An evaluation of the Go!Kids Obesity Prevention Program" (January 1, 2006). ETD Collection for Fordham University. Paper AAI3255044.
http://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI3255044

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