Grantee Research

Health Coaches Key to Addressing Latino Lifestyle Issues

Dr. Alexy Arauz Boudreau, Massachusetts General Hospital

“A Family Approach to Addressing Lifestyle Decision in Obesity and Diabetes”

This Salud America! pilot research project is testing the feasibility and effectiveness of a family-centered approach consisting of interactive group classes followed by six months of health coaching. The group classes for Latino families with obese children, known as Power-Up, are delivered by an interdisciplinary team that includes a physician, nutritionist, physical therapist and health educator. The study design entails an intervention group and a waitlist control group. Outcome measures include body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, skinfold, physical activity, dietary assessment, quality of life and metabolic markers.

Research Category: Latino Families