Development of the DRIVE Curriculum to Address Childhood Obesity Risk Factors
Pilot Trial of the DRIVE Parent Training Curriculum to Target Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity
The purpose of this study is to help overweight or obese children to maintain or reduce
their body mass index (BMI) through the home-based parent training program the investigators
developed called DRIVE. The investigators hypothesize that children from families that
receive the DRIVE program will show greater maintenance or improvement in their BMIs than
families who do not receive DRIVE.
The DRIVE program (Developing Relationships that Include Values of Eating and Exercise) is a
home-based parent training program with 15 sessions focused on improve family nutrition and
physical activity and promoting positive parent-child interactions. The aim of this study is
to pilot-test the development of a childhood obesity program that includes parenting and
health information. Participants in this study will be recruited through community
organizations based upon their obesity health risk. Only families whose children's BMI
percentile is greater than or equal to 75 will be eligible to participate in this study
These participants will be randomly assigned to either the control group, in which
participants will receive health information via mail only, or the experimental group that
will participate in 15 DRIVE sessions focusing on parent-child interactions, health and
nutrition, and physical activity. Both groups will complete a baseline assessment, mid-point
assessment, and post assessment in their home, which will measure parent and child height,
weight, and waist circumference; parent attitudes towards health and nutrition; and parent
and child food consumption and physical activity levels. Results from this study will
provide information regarding the feasibility of implementing the DRIVE curriculum as well
as its impact on parent and child body mass indexes, and parents' knowledge, and attitudes
related to nutrition.
children, pediatric obesity, parent training, home-based, nutrition, physical activity, parent-child interaction, parenting
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