Article| Volume 37, ISSUE 1, P17-24, January 2023

Dynamo Kids!/¡Niños Dinámicos! A Web Site for Pediatric Primary Care Providers to Offer Parents of Children 6−12 Years Old With Overweight and Obesity: Web Site Development and Protocol for Pilot Study

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      Introduction: A self-guided web site offered by pediatric primary care providers could help parents implement healthy behaviors. Method: The Dynamo Kids/¡Niños Dinámicos program was developed with input from parents and health care professionals, creating a bilingual site for parents to learn why and how to implement healthy behavior changes for their children. A single-arm pilot will enroll parents with children 6-12 years with body mass index (BMI) ≥ 85th percentile seen in safety-net practices. Electronic health record modifications alert providers to eligible children at well-child encounters. Consented parents complete online surveys before accessing the site. At 3 months, the providers see children in weight-focused encounters. Outcomes include change in Family Nutrition and Physical Activity parent survey score (primary) and change in child relative BMI (secondary). Additional data include time spent on site, provider surveys, and provider and parent interviews. Results: Pending implementation. Discussion: If program shows promise, a large, controlled study could further evaluate with a goal of broad dissemination


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      Sarah E. Barlow, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; Children's Health, Children Medical Center of Dallas, Dallas, TX.


      Joshua Yudkin, Doctoral Student, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, Dallas Campus, Dallas, TX.


      Victoria Nelson, Program Manager, Children's Health, Children Medical Center of Dallas, Dallas, TX.


      Marlyn A. Allicock, Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, Dallas Campus, Dallas, TX.