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Promoting Healthy Drinking Behaviors Among Aruban Children Through Social Network Interventions

Unhealthy drinking behaviors, such as sugar sweetened beverages, has been observed to be one of the major causes of childhood obesity in a Caribbean island—Aruba. A healthier lifestyle and behaviors thus need to be encouraged and promoted, therefore, the main objective of this research project is to execute a randomized controlled intervention program to encourage healthy drinking behaviors among Aruban children while particularly including social network influences. However, essential information must be generated first to create scientifically validated Aruban findings so that these can be examined and used as a foundation in the design and implementation of the main study. Therefore, this project is structured around three studies—two sub studies contributing to the third, main, study. The first study’s purpose is to implement a successful Dutch randomized controlled trial intervention that targets children’s drinking behaviors and to determine the feasibility, create a framework, and anticipate the effectiveness of the main study. The purpose of the second study is to conduct a theoretical based designed survey to measure and discover the relative important determinants of children’s (un)healthy drinking behaviors to be able to target these effectively in the main study. The goal of the third study is to accomplish this project’s main objective, that is, to build forth on the groundwork’s aggregated insights and findings, in order to specifically design, implement and test—for the children in the Aruban context—an effective social network intervention program to promote healthy drinking behaviors.