Collecting Early Childhood Obesity Measurements Through a Home Visiting Program: A Proof-of-Concept Study




Julie M. Kapp, Brian Hall, and Allison Kemner

Brief Type

Journal Publication


  • Parents as Teachers (PAT)


Community-based home visiting programs are recommended vehicles for early life-course interventions to prevent childhood obesity. We developed and implemented a proof-of-concept protocol for collecting child weight and length or height data for children aged 6 months to 5 years through Parents as Teachers (PAT) affiliates that were geographically dispersed throughout the United States. We implemented our protocol with 1 affiliate in each of 4 states. We assessed formative measures of the implementation from parent educators and site leaders and reviewed delivery process measures. Findings suggest that collecting data on child measurements through an existing home visiting program is 1) feasible (91% of estimated measurements achieved); 2) does not require much time (median, 0.5 hours spent per child); 3) is a positive experience for families (71% of parent educators indicated that families enjoyed the experience); and 4) is fairly accurate (82% of collected data met eligibility and quality standards). (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Surveys or questionnaires



For More Information

Kapp, J. M., Hall, B., & Kemner, A. (2020). Collecting early childhood obesity measurements through a home visiting program: A proof-of-concept study. Preventing Chronic Disease17. doi.org/10.5888/pcd17.200214
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Julie M. Kapp


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