Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Health and Nutritional Sciences

First Advisor

C.Y. Wang


childhood obsesity, rural health, KQ, SNAP, child health


Obesity is a growing problem throughout the developed world. This project will focus on obesity in rural children by studying those living in an area of South Dakota. Research shows high levels of overweight and obese children in this demographic. The two major objectives of this study are to evaluate the efficacy of the KidQuest (KQ) nutrition and physical activity curriculum in reducing the proportion of children and adolescents who are overweight and obese within participating South Dakota 5th and 6th grade children using baseline/post-intervention data and to determine which KQ teacher type is most effective as evaluated by anthropometric, biochemical, blood pressure, dietary choices. The KQ program was shown to provide reinforcement for nutrition and physical education in the school setting. It was also able to help students practice healthy options and improved some of the health parameters that prevent childhood obesity. The Teen Teachers (TT) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP-ED) educators were proven to be an effective approach to improving the health outcomes of the children and adolescents; their students showed significant improvements among some health parameters and dietary choices (DC) that prevent childhood obesity.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 86-89)



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


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