An after-school physical activity program for obesity prevention in children: the Medical College of Georgia FitKid Project.

Authors:
Zenong Yin
Zenong Yin
Georgia Prevention Institute
United States
Dr. Justin B Moore, PhD, MS
Dr. Justin B Moore, PhD, MS
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Associate Professor
Implementation Science, Epidemiology
Winston-Salem, NC | United States
Patricia Humbles
Patricia Humbles
Medical College of Georgia
United States
Paule Barbeau
Paule Barbeau
Georgia Prevention Institute
Bernard Gutin
Bernard Gutin
Georgia Prevention Institute
United States

Eval Health Prof 2005 Mar;28(1):67-89

Medical College of Georgia, USA.

This article describes the process of setting up a 3-year, school-based after-school physical activity intervention in elementary schools. The primary aim of the study is to determine whether adiposity and fitness will improve in children who are exposed to a fitogenic versus an obesogenic environment. Eighteen schools were randomized to the control (obesogenic) or intervention (fitogenic) group. The study design, program components, and evaluation of the intervention are described in detail. The intervention consists of (a) academic enrichment, (b) a healthy snack, and (c) physical activity in a mastery-oriented environment. Successful implementation would show the feasibility of schools' being able to provide a fitogenic environment. Significant differences between the groups would provide evidence that a fitogenic environment after school has positive health benefits. If feasibility and efficacy are demonstrated, implementing an after-school program like this one in elementary schools could play a major role in preventing and reducing childhood obesity.

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