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Document Type

Doctoral Paper

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Committee Chair

Sara Robertson

Committee Member

Mary DeLetter

Author's Keywords

Childhood obesity, After school, physical activity, healthy eating


Childhood obesity rates are continuously rising despite efforts to curb the trend. Sedentary behaviors and lower socioeconomic communities have been linked to the overall increase in childhood obesity rates. Additionally, poor understanding of childhood obesity and its adverse effects, has been shown to contribute to the increase in sedentary behaviors of children. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of an after school, childhood obesity program and its effects on physical activity and nutrition behaviors and knowledge base. The childhood obesity program that was used was the 5-2-1-0 Lets Go out of school program. The intervention was evaluated by the Physical Activity Questionnaire for older children (PAQ-C) and the Get Fit with Grizzlies student questionnaire (GFWG) prior to the intervention, post intervention, and at six week follow up. Results of the two behavior and knowledge based scales showed positive results and an improvement in physical activity and nutrition behaviors. The PAQ-C yielded positive results for overall mean activity scores with pre-test scores increasing from 2.2 to 3.4 (out of 5) on the post-test after the intervention. Targeting children in settings where they can focus on these topics and fully understand the significance, can help further increase healthy behaviors in both of these categories.

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