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ERIC Number: EJ968277
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-8756-5943
Active Intervention Program Using Dietary Education and Exercise Training for Reducing Obesity in Mexican American Male Children
Lee, Sukho; Misra, Ranjita; Kaster, Elizabeth
Health Educator, v44 n1 p2-13 Spr 2012
This study evaluated the effectiveness of a 10-week active intervention program (AIP), which incorporates dietary education with exercise training, among 30 healthy Mexican American male children, aged 8-12 years, in Laredo, Texas. Participants were randomly divided into 3 groups: education (EDU), dietary education to participants and parents and individualized step goal setting using pedometers; education with exercise (EEX), dietary education, step goal setting with pedometers, and personal training; and control (CON), no education, step goal setting, or exercise. AIP significantly improved select anthropometric, nutritional, clinical, and non clinical parameters. Participants in the EEX group had a significant reduction in percent body fat, visceral fat (as measured by magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]), improved perception of the importance of physical activity, and greater average step/day as compared to the EDU and CON groups. The results affirm the effectiveness of exercise training combined with dietary education to lower the prevalence of obesity in this high risk ethnic group. (Contains 3 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas