The development and effectiveness of a health information website designed to improve parents' self-efficacy in managing risk for obesity in preschoolers

  • Davies M
  • Terhorst L
  • Nakonechny A
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PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of web-based information on parental self-efficacy in managing obesity risk in preschoolers.

DESIGN AND METHODS: The project included a literature review and the development and field testing of an information website that presented information on how to manage nine obesity risk factors for childhood obesity.

RESULTS: Parents stated that they had no problems using the website, and 69% reported improved self-efficacy on at least two risk factors.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Many parents access the Internet to obtain health information. A website that offers practical information on managing childhood obesity risk factors is a valuable resource for obesity prevention efforts.

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  • Child
  • Health information
  • Obesity risk
  • Parent
  • Prevention
  • Self-efficacy

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  • Marilyn A. Davies

  • Lauren Terhorst

  • Amanda J. Nakonechny

  • Nimisha Skukla

  • Gilan El Saadawi

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