Implementation of a Family Intervention to Increase Fruit and Vegetable Intake: The Hi5+ Experience

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  • Family is an important, yet challenging, target for dietary intervention. This article describes the implementation of Hi5+, a family fruit and vegetable (FV) promotion program. Complementing a fourth-grade school curriculum, the seven weekly Family Fun Nites were at-home family meal sharing and game evenings. A sample of families (N = 575; 69% consented) from schools in a southeastern U.S. urban area received tailored intervention materials based on their FV attitudes and family interaction styles. A pyramidal organizational design, using peer leaders, facilitated 71% of families to complete all seven sessions, whereas 84% completed at least one session. Significant independent predictors of program completion were attending an introductory Kick-Off Nite, interactive family style, additional adults in the household, married parents, being African American, earning more than $60,000, and additional children in the household. Familyspecific issues and initial program experience are important considerations for implementing a family intervention. © 2005, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.
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  • Harrington KF; Franklin FA; Davies SL
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  • 180
  • End Page

  • 189
  • Volume

  • 6
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  • 2