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Using the Child as Change Agent for Preventing Childhood Obesity in Rural Georgia: Outcome Results on BMI for Age and Home Environment

      Objective

      This study aims to test effectiveness of a school-based curriculum, utilizing children as change agents, supplemented by family activities, to prevent childhood obesity.

      Description

      The Action Pack Families study is a group-randomized trial that follows children from the beginning of 3rd grade to the end of 5th grade. These analyses consider changes in child body mass index for age from baseline (beginning of 3rd grade) to the end of 5th grade and opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity in the child’s home environment.

      Evaluation

      Data were collected at the beginning of 3rd grade (baseline) and the end of 5th grade in 10 schools. Child height and weight were collected at school by the research team; diet, physical activity, and home environment factors were self-reported by parents using a paper-pencil survey. We will present data from baseline to the end of 5th grade, focusing on child weight status.

      Conclusions and Implications

      Using children as change agents may be an effective way to alter the home environment and prevent childhood obesity.

      Funding

      2012-68001-19625

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