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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date

2013

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Health and Nutritional Sciences

First Advisor

Kendra Kattelmann

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess physical activity (PA) in 9-10 year old children participating in iCook 4-H, a 5-state, family-centered, childhood obesity prevention pilot intervention. Sixty-one parent-child dyads were recruited to pilot the 12- week curriculum. PA was assessed in 48 of the children pre and post intervention. All subjects wore an accelerometer (ActiGraph GT3X+) for 7 days. Mean daily minutes of accelerometer derived sedentary time (ST) and PA including light (LPA), moderate (MPA), vigorous (VPA) and moderate-to-vigorous (MVPA) were evaluated during waking hours. Data were presented as mean±SD. Differences between pre and post were compared via Paired t-test. Statistical significance was set at p≤0.05. Nineteen children met compliance standards. There were no significant differences between pre and post (respective mean±SD; p-value) ST (522±46, 525±49; p=0.6876), LPA (263±32, 254±37; p=0.1692), MPA (37±12, 38±12; p=0.4083), VPA (18±11, 23±14; p=0.1677), and MVPA (55±19, 61±23; p=0.1496). Although the intervention did not significantly increase PA in 9-10 year children participating in the pilot iCook 4-H, 37% and 47% met the PA guidelines of 60 minutes of MVPA/day at pre and post intervention, respectively. To increase PA in children, the iCook 4-H curriculum content will need to be modified to provide a greater focus on targeted behavior.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Exercise for children.
Obesity in children -- Prevention.
Physical fitness for children.

Description

Includes bibliographical references (pages 70-72).

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

77

Publisher

South Dakota State University

Rights

In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted
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