Adaptation and dissemination of an evidence-based obesity prevention intervention: Design of a comparative effectiveness trial

Joanna Buscemi, Angela Odoms-Young, Melinda L. Stolley, Lara Blumstein, Linda Schiffer, Michael L. Berbaum, Jennifer McCaffrey, Anastasia Mc Gee Montoya, Carol Braunschweig, Marian L. Fitzgibbon

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Low-income youth are at increased risk for excess weight gain. Although evidence-based prevention programs exist, successful adaptation to provide wide dissemination presents a challenge. Hip-Hop to Health (HH) is a school-based obesity prevention intervention that targets primarily preschool children of low-income families. In a large randomized controlled trial, HH was found to be efficacious for prevention of excessive weight gain. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) are USDA-funded nutrition education programs offered to low-income families, and may provide an ideal platform for the wide dissemination of evidence-based obesity prevention programs. A research-practice partnership was established in order to conduct formative research to guide the adaptation and implementation of HH through EFNEP and SNAP-Ed. We present the design and method of a comparative effectiveness trial that will determine the efficacy of HH when delivered by peer educators through these programs compared to the standard EFNEP and SNAP-Ed nutrition education (NE) curriculum. Results from this trial will inform larger scale dissemination. The dissemination of HH through government programs has the potential to increase the reach of efficacious obesity prevention programs that target low-income children and families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-360
Number of pages6
JournalContemporary Clinical Trials
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • Dissemination
  • Obesity prevention
  • Preschool children
  • SNAP-Ed
  • USDA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)


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