Aventuras para Niños

Principal Investigator: John Elder

Aventuras para Niños was a community-based intervention designed to prevent the onset of overweight and obesity in Latino primary school-aged children. The intervention targeted structural aspects of the home and community environments, mediated through promotoras who worked with families, schools, restaurants, grocery stores, and parks.

Funding Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Dates: 2002-2007


Arredondo, EM, Elder, JP, Ayala, GX, Campbell, N, Baquero, B, & Duerksen, S. (2006). Is parenting style related to children’s healthy eating and physical activity in Latino families? Health Education and Research, 21(6), 862-71.

Ayala, G.X., Elder, J.P., Campbell, N.R., Arredondo, E., Baquero, B., Crespo, N., & Slymen, D.J. (2010). Longitudinal intervention effects on parenting of the Aventuras para Niños study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 38(2), 154-62.
Ayala, G.X., Rogers, M., Arredondo, E.M., Campbell, N.R., Baquero, B., Duerksen, S.C., & Elder, J.P. (2008). Away-from-home food intake and risk for obesity: Examining the influence of context. Obesity Research, 16(5), 1002-8.
Crespo NC, Ayala GX, Vercammen-Grandjean CD, Slymen D, Elder JP. (in press). Socio-demographic disparities of childhood asthma. Journal of Child Health Care
Duerksen, S.C. Campbell, N., Arredondo, E.M., Ayala, G.X., Baquero, B., & Elder, J.P. (2007). Aventuras para niños: Obesity prevention in the homes, schools, and neighborhoods of Mexican American children. In W. Brettschneider & R. Rue. Lang.
Duerksen, S.C., Elder, J.P., Arredondo, E.M., Ayala, G.X., Slymen, D.J., Campbell, N.R., & Baquero, B. (2007). Family restaurant choices are associated with child and adult overweight in Mexican-American families. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 107(5), 849-53.
Elder, J.P., Arredondo, E.M., Campbell, N., Baquero, B., Duerksen, S., Ayala, G., Crespo, N.C., Slymen, D., & McKenzie T. (2010). Individual, family, and community environmental correlates of obesity in Latino elementary school children. Journal of School Health, 80(1), 20-30.
Larios, S.E., Ayala, G.X., Arredondo, E.M., Baquero, B., & Elder, J.P. (2009). Development and validation of a scale to measure Latino parenting strategies related to children’s obesigenic behaviors: The Parenting strategies for Eating and Activity Scale (PEAS). Appetite, 52(1), 166-72.
Martinez, S.M., Ayala, G.X., Arredondo, E.M., Finch, B., Elder, J.P. (2008). Active transportation and acculturation among Latino children in San Diego County. Preventive Medicine, 47(3), 313-8.