Family Eats:Cancer Prevention for Families

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified February 2012 by Baylor College of Medicine.
Recruitment status was  Active, not recruiting
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Karen Cullen, Baylor College of Medicine
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00983840
First received: July 30, 2009
Last updated: February 1, 2012
Last verified: February 2012
  Purpose

Poor diets lead to weight problems, and may increase cancer risk. Cancers may develop over a long period of time, with some possibly initiating in childhood. Therefore, promoting healthy diets and preventing excess weight gain during childhood could be cancer protective. Families influence children's dietary behaviors by their actions and controlling the home food environment. The internet provides family access to interventions with the convenience of the home. An eight-session interactive web-based program promoting a healthy home food environment for African-American families with 9-12 year old daughters (Family Eats) was previously developed and tested. This study tests whether the Family Eats web program improves diet and weight outcomes among 320 African-American families with 8-12 year old children. This important study will pioneer a new channel for behavior change intervention with African-American families and holds the promise of reaching large numbers of children and their families, enabling all to adopt healthy eating behaviors and achieve energy balance and reduce cancer risks.


Condition Intervention
Healthy
Other: Family Eats

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Family Eats:Cancer Prevention for Families

Further study details as provided by Baylor College of Medicine:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Diet (fruit, vegetables, sweetened beverages, fat and calories) [ Time Frame: baseline, post and 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • BMI [ Time Frame: baseline, post and 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 640
Study Start Date: September 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Family Eats
8-session program on health eating
Other: Family Eats
8-session web-based program on healthy eating for African American families
Active Comparator: Family eats- plain
Family eats without role model stories and goal setting
Other: Family Eats
8-session web-based program on healthy eating for African American families

Detailed Description:

Although the burden of cancer is high among individuals of all ethnicities, ethnic differences in cancer incidence and mortality exist. African-Americans experience a higher incidence of certain cancers compared with the White population, with mortality rates at least 40% higher than other populations. Obesity, high fat, and low fruit (F) and vegetable (V) intakes increase cancer risks. Cancers may develop over a long period of time, with some possibly initiating in childhood; therefore, promoting FV and preventing excess weight gain during childhood could be cancer protective. Families influence children's dietary behaviors by direct modeling of dietary behaviors, parenting skills around food, and controlling the home food environment. However, few intervention studies have focused on family influences on dietary behaviors, particularly among ethnic minority groups which may differ in cultural and other aspects of family functioning. Unfortunately, low participation rates for community-based family interventions suggest that alternate intervention delivery systems be investigated. The internet provides family access within the convenience of the home. In a previous R21 application, the Principal Investigator developed an eight-session interactive web-based program promoting a healthy home food environment for African-American families with 9-12 year old daughters (Family Eats). Family Eats was evaluated for feasibility and changes in mediating variables were obtained. This proposal will test the efficacy of the Family Eats web program to improve FV and dietary fat behavior and weight outcomes among 320 AA families with 8-12 year old children. This important study will pioneer a new channel for behavior change intervention with African-American families and holds the promise of reaching large numbers of children and their families, enabling all to adopt healthy eating behaviors and achieve energy balance and reduce cancer risks.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years to 10 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • African -American families with 8-10 year old children
  • Home computer with dsl line

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Parents or children who report a medically prescribed diet, identified through a pre-screening questionnaire, will be excluded because these mothers may have received prior dietary counseling and have increased motivation for making dietary changes.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00983840

Locations
United States, Texas
Children's Nutrition Research Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
Baylor College of Medicine
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Karen W Cullen, DrPH Baylor College of Medicine
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Karen Cullen, Associate professor, Baylor College of Medicine
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00983840     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 124505-01A1, CA124505-01A1
Study First Received: July 30, 2009
Last Updated: February 1, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Baylor College of Medicine:
diet
African-American families
web-based

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on October 22, 2014