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ERIC Number: EJ1008402
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1944-7515
Effecting Healthy Lifestyle Changes in Overweight and Obese Young Adults with Intellectual Disability
Pett, Marjorie; Clark, Lauren; Eldredge, Alison; Cardell, Beth; Jordan, Kristine; Chambless, Cathy; Burley, Jeff
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v118 n3 p224-243 May 2013
We evaluated a 12-week recreation center-based healthy lifestyle intervention for 30 obese home-dwelling young adults (YA) with intellectual disabilities. Three cohorts participated: YA only, YA and parents, and parents only. The YA cohorts received a nutrition/exercise intervention; parents focused on modeling healthy lifestyle behaviors. Outcomes included YA blood, nutrition, anthropometric, and fitness measures at pre, post, and 3-month follow-up. Compared with wait-list controls, the YA-only cohort improved immediately postintervention in blood pressure (BP), weight, and balance (p less than 0.05). At 3-month follow-up, no intervention was consistently superior; overall reductions in weight, BP, hip circumference, and exercise barriers were obtained (p less than 0.05). Linear and curvilinear changes from baseline to 3 months after the intervention varied by outcome and participant. Participants with Down syndrome lost less weight.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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