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Challenge! - The Intervention

After formative research within the target community, an intervention was designed to promote healthy eating and increased activity among adolescents. The intervention was implemented over the course of three months and was delivered individually to each teen in their home or community by a college-age, gender-matched mentor (a "personal trainer"). The teens in the intervention group met with their personal trainer weekly to discuss each lesson and to set dietary and activity goals.

Lesson Themes Included:

  • Goal Setting
  • Walking
  • Drinking water
  • Reading and understanding food labels
  • Eating a healthy breakfast
  • Eating fruits and vegetables
  • Making healthy choices at fast food restaurants and corner stores
  • Healthy snacking
  • Drinking less soda
  • Drinking reduced fat milk
  • Increasing daily physical activity
  • Reducing sedentary activities (TV, video games, computer)

Personal trainers were student mentors recruited from local colleges in the Baltimore area who had special interest in the fields of public health, nutrition, and physical education, and who demonstrated commitment to community work.

The intervention also incorporated a motivational, culturally sensitive music video/documentary to introduce the goals of the project.