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ERIC Number: EJ878151
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8405
Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Kids Living Fit[TM] Program: A Comparative Study
Speroni, Karen Gabel; Earley, Cynthia; Atherton, Martin
Journal of School Nursing, v23 n6 p329-336 2007
After-school programs can be implemented by school nurses to facilitate healthy lifestyle choices in children with the goal of decreasing obesity. Kids Living Fit[TM] (KLF), an after-school program designed by community hospital nurses, was implemented in elementary schools and focused on best lifestyle choices regarding foods consumed and activities chosen for children in grades 2 through 5. Study measures included comparison of body mass index (BMI) percentiles for age and gender and waist circumference between two self-selected groups composing a total sample size of 185 participants: the KLF intervention group (n = 80) and the no-intervention/ contrast group (n = 105). The 12-week intervention included a weekly fitness program and monthly dietitian presentations. Participants completed food and activity diaries and wore pedometers. In pairwise comparisons, the KLF group had a significant decrease in BMI percentile between baseline and follow-up (-2.3%) compared with the contrast group. The KLF group also demonstrated a smaller increase in waist circumference than the contrast group. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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