Are Parents ofYoung Children Practicing Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity Behaviors?
Dr. Jerica Berge, PhD, LMFT
Parneting and Healthy Behaviors
A child imitating his or her parent may be the sincerest form of flattery, except when children are influenced by parents’ poor dietary intake and physical activity patterns. In the study, “Are Parents of Young Children Practicing Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity Behaviors?” in the May issue of Pediatrics (published online April 11), data was analyzed from Project EAT (Eating and Activity in Teens and Young Adults) which studied 838 women and 682 men from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Dr. Jerica Berge, PhD, LMFT, lead author on the study comes on the show to explain the study and how we can use this information to become healthier parents, and there by helping our children to become healthier as they grow.
Jerica Berge, PhD, LMFT is an assistant professor, researcher, and behavioral health provider in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Berge is a co-investigator on both Project Eating Among Teens (EAT) and Project Families and Eating and Activity Among Teems (F-EAT)—which focus on understanding health behaviors and weight trajectories in adolescents and young adults. Dr. Berge’s research interest is in investigating how familial influences can create risk or protective factors for childhood and adolescent obesity. She has written papers on the influence of the significant other on health behaviors and weight status and the association between parenting style and child health behaviors and weight status. Dr. Berge is also a licensed marriage and family therapist and an approved marriage and family therapy supervisor who specializes in collaborative care and family health issues.
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