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The design of the DEAL study is linked to the DASH study. The aim of this study is to develop interventions to prevent obesity in ethnic minority children. Given DASH findings on parental and adolescent lifestyle influences on obesity and that 80% of the minority youths attend a place of worship, our feasibility study uses the novel approach of involving places of worship (mosques, temples, churches) to engage ethnic minority families.



Rawlins E, Baker G, Maynard M, Harding S. Perceptions of healthy eating and physical activity in an ethnically diverse sample of young children and their parents: the DEAL prevention of obesity study. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 2013;26:132-44

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Maynard MJ, Baker G, Rawlins E, Harding S. Developing obesity prevention interventions among minority ethnic children in schools and places of worship: the DEAL (DiEt and Active Living) study. BMC Public Health 2009;9:480

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