Cultural Competency in Delivering Family Weight Management Programs: A Summary of Lessons Learned
Nicole Mareno, PhD, RN

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Abstract: Increased rates of childhood overweight and obesity are a major public health concern in the United States. Family weight management programs are one effective approach to preventing and treating childhood overweight and obesity. With changing demographics and socioeconomic disparities in the rates of childhood overweight and obesity, it is more important than ever for clinicians and researchers to understand parents' health-related values, beliefs, and practices in order to implement culturally competent weight management programs. The process of achieving cultural competency when conducting family weight management strategies will be discussed. Specific experiences using the Ways to Enhance Children'€™s Activity and Nutrition (We Can!) program with a group of diverse parents in Georgia will be highlighted, along with specific lessons learned about cultural competency when delivering the We Can! Program.

Keywords: Culture, Native American, recruitment and retention, workforce, diversity in nursing

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