The purposes of this article are to (a) outline findings
from secondary or process outcome data of the Hunter
Illawarra Kids Challenge Using Parent Support
(HIKCUPS) study and (b) inform the design and development
of future research interventions and practice in the
management of child obesity. Data were collected by
means of facilitator evaluations, independent session
observation, attendance records, and parent questionnaires.
Internal validity and reliability of the program
delivery were high. All parents reported positive changes
in their children as a result of the physical activity program,
the dietary modification program, or both. Most
participants completed the home activities, but more
than half reported that finding time to do them was problematic.
Facilitator review indicated that future programs
should specifically cater to children of similar age or
same sex, allow adequate time for explanation of complex
nutritional concepts, and use intrinsic motivators for
participants. Recommendations for future interventions,
specifically the implementation of subsequent HIKCUPS
or other multisite effectiveness studies, are detailed.