Group-Based Naturopathic Education for Primary Prevention of Noncommunicable Disease in Families and Children: A Feasibility Study
Naturopathic medicine has demonstrated efficacy at reducing risk factors for chronic disease. Targeting health behaviors of parents and caregivers in a group-based setting may improve the behaviors of children in their care. This study sought to assess the feasibility of such a program.
Participants of a six-session health education series were invited to respond to surveys and participate in a focus group about their health behaviors and their experience in the program.
Caregivers of children aged 0–6 attending publicly funded community centers in Ontario, Canada.
A 6-week group-based naturopathic education program to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors among caregivers.
Satisfaction with content and delivery, and frequency of healthy behaviors.
The majority of responses indicated satisfaction with the program, and an ongoing benefit 6 weeks and more after completion. There was a clear correlation between healthy behaviors of parents and children.
A group-based naturopathic education program may be a feasible method of delivering primary-prevention education to caregivers, particularly in the domains of practicality and acceptability.
Leslie Solomonian, ND, Vivian Kwan, ND, and Sukriti Bhardwaj, BHSc (Hon)
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Volume 25, Number 7, 2019, pp. 740–752