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Melnyk, Bernadette M.; Jacobson, Diana; Kelly, Stephanie A.; Belyea, Michael J.; Shaibi, Gabriel Q.; Small, Leigh; O'Haver, Judith A.; Marsiglia, Flavio F. – Journal of School Health, 2015
Background: We evaluated the 12-month effects of the COPE (Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment) Healthy Lifestyles TEEN (Thinking, Emotions, Exercise, Nutrition) program versus an attention control program (Healthy Teens) on overweight/obesity and depressive symptoms in high school adolescents. Methods: A cluster randomized controlled…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Program Effectiveness, Life Style, Empowerment
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Young, Kimberly J.; Ramsay, Samantha A.; Holyoke, Laura B. – Journal of Extension, 2016
Understanding the process by which adolescents learn about nutrition is necessary for developing tailored education that leads to sustainable behavior change. Teens aged 15-17 participating in an obesity prevention program were interviewed. From the data, three themes emerged and informed development of an adolescent nutrition learning model. The…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Nutrition Instruction, Models, Behavior Change
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Kelly, Stephanie A.; Oswalt, Krista; Melnyk, Bernadette Mazurek; Jacobson, Diana – Health Education Research, 2015
Fidelity in implementing an intervention is critical to accurately determine and interpret the effects of an intervention. It is important to monitor the manner in which the behavioral intervention is implemented (e.g. adaptations, delivery as intended and dose). Few interventions are implemented with 100% fidelity. In this study, high school…
Descriptors: Intervention, Life Style, Health Promotion, High School Students
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Green, Heather L. – Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, 2012
Obesity among children and teens continues to be a major public health concern in the United States. Approximately 16.9% of children and adolescents age 2-19 years are obese. To address this epidemic, schools have been encouraged to develop a coordinated school health program, which includes an interdisciplinary approach to nutrition education.…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Obesity, Comprehensive School Health Education, Health Programs
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Hoying, Jacqueline; Melnyk, Bernadette Mazurek – Journal of School Nursing, 2016
Approximately one in three preadolescents (34%) is obese/overweight and one in four (25%) experience a mental health issue. Urban youth suffer from higher rates of these problems, and at earlier ages than their peers. This study's purpose was to determine feasibility/acceptability and preliminary effects of the COPE (Creating Opportunities for…
Descriptors: Pilot Projects, Grade 6, Physical Activities, Mental Health
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Pucciarelli, Deanna; McNeany, Terry; Friesen, Carol – Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, 2013
Purpose/Objective: School cafeterias have the potential to positively contribute to the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity. The purpose of this project was to assess adolescents' nutrition knowledge and dietary choices, and to measure the relationship between students' nutrition knowledge and the type of food items purchased in their…
Descriptors: Nutrition, Knowledge Level, Familiarity, Grade 7
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Hingle, Melanie; Nichter, Mimi; Medeiros, Melanie; Grace, Samantha – Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2013
Objective: To develop and test messages and a mobile phone delivery protocol designed to influence the nutrition and physical activity knowledge, attitudes, and behavior of adolescents. Design: Nine focus groups, 4 classroom discussions, and an 8-week pilot study exploring message content, format, origin, and message delivery were conducted over…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Adolescents, Nutrition, Qualitative Research
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Concannon, Mary; Rafferty, Elizabeth; Swanson-Farmarco, Cynthia – Journal of Extension, 2011
Teens in limited-resource communities face challenges to healthy eating. Many youths lack food preparation skills and have limited access to ingredients needed to prepare healthy foods at home. University of Maryland Extension offered healthy food preparation lessons to teen participants of a popular weekly electronic gaming program in a Baltimore…
Descriptors: Cooking Instruction, Food Service, Public Libraries, Nutrition Instruction
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Reed, Debra B.; Patterson, Patti J.; Wasserman, Nicole – Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2011
Contributors to excessive obesity in rural youth include well-documented nutrition and physical activity behaviors. However, emerging research suggests that preventing excessive weight gain and smoking during pregnancy, teen pregnancy, and child abuse also could reduce obesity in this vulnerable population. These traditional and emerging,…
Descriptors: Rural Youth, Obesity, Physical Activities, Child Abuse
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Gellar, Lauren; Druker, Sue; Osganian, Stavroula K.; Gapinski, Mary Ann; LaPelle, Nancy; Pbert, Lori – Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2012
Objective: In preparation for a pilot study to evaluate the efficacy of a school nurse-delivered intervention, focus groups were conducted to gain insight into the perceptions of stakeholders regarding the design and implementation of the intervention. Setting and Participants: Fifteen focus groups at participating schools. One hundred subjects,…
Descriptors: Obesity, Intervention, Physical Activities, Nutrition Instruction
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Conklin-Ginop, Evelyn; Braverman, Marc T.; Caruso, Robyn; Bone, Dennis – Journal of Extension, 2011
4-H Bloco Drum and Dance is an afterschool program that teaches adolescents drumming, dancing, and theater arts in the rich traditions of Brazilian Carnaval. Teens learn to express themselves in a variety of modalities and perform at community events. The program was developed by a community coalition that included 4-H, other youth programs, and…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Theater Arts, Dance, Program Evaluation
Colorado Children's Campaign, 2011
A woman's behaviors during pregnancy can have a significant influence on her baby's healthy development. Women who smoke or drink alcohol during pregnancy, go without prenatal care or suffer from poor nutrition are more likely to experience complications during pregnancy or childbirth, and their babies are at increased risk for developing a number…
Descriptors: Pregnancy, Risk, Nutrition, Child Health
Colorado Children's Campaign, 2018
KIDS COUNT has used data to help call attention to emerging trends impacting kids in communities across the state. This year, the Colorado Children's Campaign marked the 25th birthday of KIDS COUNT in Colorado! by exploring this important question: What has changed for Colorado kids in the past 25 years? Long-term trends are not possible for every…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Health, Elementary Secondary Education, Children
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Lytle, Leslie A.; Murray, David M.; Perry, Cheryl L.; Story, Mary; Birnbaum, Amanda S.; Kubik, Martha Y.; Varnell, Sherri – Health Education & Behavior, 2004
This article reports on the outcomes of the Teens Eating for Energy and Nutrition at School (TEENS) study, a 2-year intervention study conducted in 16 middle schools with a goal of increasing students' intakes of fruits, vegetables, and lower fat foods. Despite positive interim results for students randomized to intervention schools, the positive…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Intervention, Formative Evaluation, Program Effectiveness
Fiester, Leila – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2012
An estimated 12.5 million American children and teens are obese. Over time, the diseases and disabilities associated with obesity may undermine this population's health and result in substantial social and economic costs. Policies that address children's nutrition and physical activity are an important tool in reversing the obesity epidemic. More…
Descriptors: Public Health, Physical Activities, Nutrition, Nutrition Instruction
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