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by Amy L Beck (ucsf)



Latino children experience higher rates of obesity compared to non-Hispanic white children, especially in low-income communities. Optimal feeding strategies in early life, avoidance of screen time and longer sleep duration may lower the risk of obesity. Family financial hardship is also associated with short- and long-term health risks, including behavioral and mental health problems, and toxic stress which contributes to elevated risk of common chronic conditions over the life course. This proposal aims to pilot test two interventions to promote optimal health outcomes in Latino infants. Study participants will meet with a health educator after well child visits at 2-weeks, 2-, 4-, 6-, 9- and 12-months. Half of the parents will receive education on obesity prevention. The other half will receive financial education and case management using an established financial coaching approach. Parents will also receive text messages that reinforce educational content. The objective of this study is to determine the acceptability and feasibility of offering these interventions in the well-child setting. Study investigators also seek to determine the preliminary efficacy of these interventions on infant and parent health outcomes including dietary intake, screen time, sleep duration, health related quality of life and financial stress.

Official Title

Strong Futures: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of Two Primary Care Based Interventions to Promote Optimal Health in Latino Infants and Toddlers


Childhood Obesity Health-Related Quality of Life Pediatric Obesity Infant obesity prevention Financial coaching


You can join if…

  • Study investigators will recruit parents who self-identify as Latino and their newborn infants
  • Infants must be born at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG)
  • Infants must be singletons
  • Parents must intend to receive primary care for their infant at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
  • Parents must speak Spanish (but may also speak English)

You CAN'T join if...

  • Infants with birth weights less than 2500 grams
  • Infants born prior to 37 weeks and 0 days gestation
  • Infants with any medical condition that significantly affects feeding, such as infants who are unable to feed by mouth
  • Infants with any medical condition that is known to be associated with failure to thrive or specialized nutritional needs
  • Infants in foster care
  • Infants for whom the primary caregiver is not the infant's mother or father


  • Children's Health Center at San Francisco General Hospital
    San Francisco California 94110 United States

Lead Scientist at University of California Health


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