for people ages 12 months to 59 months (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
by Amy L Beck, MD, MPH
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Amy L Beck



Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is a major contributor to childhood obesity, caries, fatty liver disease, and Type 2 diabetes. Latino children are more likely to consume sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and to suffer from all of the aforementioned conditions. Reading out loud to children from birth through age 5 is critical for the promotion of language and early literacy skills. Children whose parents read aloud to them are more likely to start school with the skills required for early reading success. This is important as reading proficiency in third grade is the best predictor of high school graduation and career success. Latino children are less likely to be read to than non-Hispanic white children and at higher risk of entering kindergarten without critical early literacy skills. Thus, there is a pressing need for interventions to reduce SSB consumption among Latino children as well as interventions that promote reading out loud. Primary care is an optimal setting for such interventions. However, multiple demands on providers' time make it difficult to rely on in-person interventions. For this reason, it is critical to test intervention designs that do not rely directly on health care providers and that can be delivered remotely if needed. The investigators have developed two m-health interventions for Latino parents, one that promotes optimal beverage consumption patterns and one that promotes reading out loud to children. The purpose of this study is to test the impact of these interventions on child beverage intake patterns and the frequency with which parents read to children.

Official Title

Randomized Controlled Trial of an M-health Intervention to Reduce Sweet Beverage Consumption Among Low-income Latino Children


Child Obesity, Child Development, Pediatric Obesity, Beverage Intervention, Reading Intervention


You can join if…

Open to people ages 12 months to 59 months

  • Parent identifies child as Latino/a/x
  • Child age 1 to 5 (12 to 59 months)
  • Parent has a cell phone that can receive text messages
  • Parent speak English or Spanish

You CAN'T join if...

• Child does not feed by mouth


  • San Francisco General Hospital Children's Health Center accepting new patients
    San Francisco California 94110 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSF

  • Amy L Beck, MD, MPH
    I am a general pediatrician and health services researcher focused on improving the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity in safety-net clinical settings. In my research, I use both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to develop and test clinical interventions and to better understand the factors that contribute to disparities in children's cardiometabolic health.


accepting new patients
Start Date
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University of California, San Francisco
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Expecting 200 study participants
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