Perceptions and Impact of a Youth-led Childhood Obesity Prevention Intervention among Youth-leaders

Elizabeth Anderson Steeves, Angela Cristina Bizzotto Trude, Cara Frances Ruggiero, Maria Jose Mejia Ruiz, Jessica C. Jones-Smith, Keshia Pollack Porter, Lawrence Cheskin, Kristen Hurley, Laura Hopkins, Joel Gittelsohn

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Objective: To evaluate the impact of a youth-led nutrition intervention on youth-leaders themselves Design: Mixed methods, including: in-depth interviews and a quasi-experimental quantitative study comparing youth-leaders and nonparticipant comparison youth Analysis: Qualitative analysis using direct content analysis. Difference-in-differences analyses assessing quantitative program impact. Results: Youth-leaders perceived that the intervention impacted themselves, the youth-participants, and their respective social networks. Youth-leaders experienced greater increases in intentions to eat healthfully (p = .04), and greater decreases in support for healthy eating from their friends (p = .01), than the comparison group. Conclusions/Implications: Youth-leaders reported multiple levels of intervention impact, and increased intentions for healthy eating; however, additional research is needed to enhance impact on behavioral outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-234
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021


  • Youth-led
  • adolescent
  • african-american
  • mentoring
  • mixed-methods
  • nutrition
  • obesity
  • peer-led

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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