The NET-Works Trial: Linking families, communities and primary care to prevent obesity in preschool-age children

Noon, Tuesday, September 19, 2017 in Room 215 at Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Nancy Sherwood from the Obesity Prevention Center at the University of Minnesota will present "The NET-Works Trial: Linking families, communities and primary care to prevent obesity in preschool-age children."

The NET-Works (Now Everybody Together for Amazing and Healthful Kids) study is one of four obesity prevention and/or treatment trials that are part of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development-funded Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment (COPTR) Consortium. The goal of NET-Works is to design an intervention that integrates strategies that promote healthy eating, activity patterns, and positive parenting into existing organizations and community-based programmatic initiatives utilized, trusted and valued by parents. To this end, the multi-component, multi-setting intervention includes home visiting, parenting classes (based on the ECFE model), pediatric primary care, and neighborhood connections. More than 500 racially/ethnically diverse and low-income two- to four-year-old children and their parent or primary caregiver were randomized to the multi-component intervention or to a usual care comparison group for a three-year period.