Feasibility of a Group-Based, Facilitator-Directed Online Family Lifestyle Program

Lucinda K. Bell, Rebecca Golley, Carly J. Moores, Rebecca Perry, Jo Hartley, Michelle Miller, Louisa Matwiejczyk, Jacqueline Miller, Anthea M. Magarey

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Objective: This study aimed to overcome barriers to access and attendance, and improve recruitment and engagement, through delivery and evaluation of the Parenting, Eating and Activity for Child Health (PEACH) child weight management program, as a facilitated group-based online healthy lifestyle program, PEACH Lifestyle. 

Methods: Pre-post feasibility study of an online intervention comprising a website with 10 self-directed learning modules and 6 facilitated group-based video conferencing sessions with parents (n = 79) of children (7.9 ± 2.9 years, 25% healthy weight, 23% obese). 

Results: Three enrollees were from remote locations. Half of the parents (n = 38) attended ≥1 video conferencing session (median = 3 participants per session [Range, 0–7]). Thirty percent (n = 7 of 21) completed all 10 online modules. Technical issues, time, and family commitments were barriers to engagement.

Conclusions And Implications: Reframing and delivering a weight management program as a healthy lifestyle program online in real-time did not address barriers to engagement in PEACH Lifestyle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1194-1201
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Issue number10
Early online date27 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019


  • digital health
  • engagement
  • healthy lifestyle program
  • parenting


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