This study aims to test the effectiveness of a community-based, peer-mentored intervention to
improve home food preparation practices in families with young children.
Barriers to healthy eating and active living are at the heart of the obesity epidemic. This
study focuses on a key factor underlying healthy eating: home food preparation. This study
aims to test the effectiveness of a community-based, peer-mentored intervention to improve
home food preparation practices in families with young children. The investigators will
partner with community-based organizations serving families with children ages 1 to 3 years
in West Philadelphia aiming specifically to:
1. Test the intervention's effect on diet and physical health.
Hypothesis 1: The intervention group will have improved home food preparation practices
and a healthier diet compared to the control group.
2. Test the intervention's effect on family health.
Hypothesis 2: The intervention group will report improved parenting skills and more
hopeful patterns of thinking.
3. Identify factors present at baseline and during engagement with the intervention that
distinguish intervention participants who have improved diet, physical health, and
family health from those who do not.
Inclusion Criteria: mentees
2. Able to give informed consent.
3. Legal guardian and caregiver of at least one child, age 1-3 years
Inclusion Criteria: children
1. 1-3 year old children of mentee primary caregivers enrolled in the study
2. If a mentee caregiver has more than one child, then all their eligible children (ages
1-3 years) will be enrolled in the study.
Inclusion Criteria: peer mentors
1. Eligible peer mentors should meet the inclusion criteria set forth above for mentees.
(Children of peer mentors will not be eligible for this study.)
2. The study team will decide which participants will be invited to be peer mentors,
based on attributes including interest, leadership ability, and home food preparation
1. Caregivers and children not meeting the inclusion criteria above.
2. Caregivers who are pregnant at the time of enrollment.
3. Caregivers or children with a medical condition that significantly affects their diet
or eating habits. (The study team will ask during the time of recruitment if subjects
or their children have a medical condition that significantly affects diet or eating
4. Subjects who, in the opinion of the Investigator, may be unable to participate in the
study schedules or procedures.