Editorial: Behavior change approaches to improve children and families' dietary intake and 24h movement behaviors

Brittany J. Johnson, Katherine L. Downing, Paul Chadwick, Jessica S. Gubbels

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Abstract

Parents and caregivers play a key role in shaping the development of children's dietary habits and 24-h movement behaviors. Supporting parents/caregivers to increase children's healthy food intake and physical activity, reduce nutrient-poor food intake and sedentary time, and improve sleep, all require behavior change. Changing behavior is complex, and further complicated when targeting parents/caregivers to improve children's health outcomes indirectly. There are numerous factors that may influence the foods and movement opportunities parents/caregivers provide to their children. To effectively intervene and support families, it is crucial to first determine what is needed to help change parental behaviors. Behavior change theories provide frameworks to help untangle the complexity of behavior change. However, the rationale and theoretical underpinning of behavior change approaches is often unclear in the reporting of interventions to support children and families...
Original languageEnglish
Article number1211601
Number of pages3
JournalFrontiers in Public Health
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2023

Keywords

  • behavior change
  • families
  • intervention design
  • movement
  • nutrition

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