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What is the HOME Plus Study?

HOME Plus was a research study. HOME stands for Healthy Home Offerings via the Mealtime Environment. The goal of this program was to help families eat healthy foods and eat meals together. During the study, 160 kids (ages 8-12) and their parent participated in measurements and learning activities.

The HOME Plus study was a randomized controlled trial which means that some families that joined were randomly assigned (like the flip of a coin) to participate in the HOME Plus program group and some were in a newsletter group. Families in the HOME Plus program group attended fun, hands-on cooking and discussion sessions in their neighboring communities. Families in the newsletter group received monthly newsletters with recipes and tips for healthful eating.

As part of study, the 8-12 year old child and their parent completed surveys and had their height and weight measured. These measurements were done three times over a two and a half year period. As a thank you, the families received a gift card after each visit. After the first measurement, the family was assigned to one of the two groups described above. Doing the study this way helped us to see if the families who were in the in-person sessions ate differently than families who received the newsletters.