Childhood obesity prevention in rural settings: background, rationale, and study design of 4-health, a parent-only intervention

BMC Public Health, 04/17/2012

This study will shed light on the effectiveness of this parent–only intervention strategy in reducing obesity risk factors among rural preteens. Discussion The 4–Health program is designed to provide information and skills development for busy rural parents that will increase healthy lifestyles of their preteen children and improve the parents' ability to intervene effectively in the lives of their families during this critical developmental period.

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