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Paul Franks

Paul Franks

Principal investigator

Paul Franks

Lifestyle modification intervention for overweight and obese Hispanic pregnant women : Development, implementation, lessons learned and future applications


  • Roxana Torres
  • Sandra Soltero
  • Maria Angelica Trak
  • Carolyn M. Tucker
  • Keimari Mendez
  • Maribel Campos
  • Walter Willett
  • Marytere Melendez
  • Mathew W. Gillman
  • Paul Franks
  • Kaumudi Joshipura
  • Jeremy Pomeroy
  • Cristina Palacios

Summary, in English

Objectives To describe the development, implementation and lessons learned of lifestyle intervention to promote appropriate gestational weight gain among Hispanic pregnant women. Design The intervention was informed by an empowerment oriented theoretical framework, and targeted women in the Pregnancy and Early Life Improvement Study. Methods The nutrition component consisted of recommendations for total calories, food quantity and improving carbohydrate and fat quality. We provided brown rice, omega-3 rich vegetable oil and spread, and water monthly. The physical activity focused on limiting sedentary behavior and promoting regular movement. The intervention was delivered through individual and group sessions and phone calls. Participants set their own goals, which were closely monitored. The intervention was evaluated extracting data from participant's record (attendance, goals, and challenges) and using a questionnaire. Results Participants were from underserved communities with economic, time, cultural and social barriers for engaging in lifestyle interventions. Modifications were done to facilitate participation, such as coordinating sessions with prenatal appointments and reducing group size and duration of sessions. Weekly text messages were added to reinforce the intervention. The main goal chosen by participants was reduction of sweetened beverages. The greatest challenges were replacing white rice with brown rice and improving physical activity. Participants suggested conducting sessions near their community and using social media as a motivation tool. Main outcomes results will be published elsewhere. Conclusion We identified barriers to delivering the lifestyle intervention, mainly related to group session's participation. Sessions should be conducted in the community, using text messages and social media as reinforcement. NCT01771133.


  • Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology
  • EXODIAB: Excellence in Diabetes Research in Sweden
  • EpiHealth: Epidemiology for Health

Publishing year







Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications



Document type

Journal article


Elsevier Inc.


  • Endocrinology and Diabetes


  • Hispanics
  • Lifestyle intervention
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Physical activity
  • Pregnancy



Research group

  • Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology


  • ISSN: 2451-8654