1Director, Hope College Kinesiology, USA
2Foundation for Fitness, Hope College Kinesiology, USA
*Corresponding author: Steven Smith, PhD, Hope College Kinesiology, Foundation for Fitness, 222 Fairbanks Ave. Holland, MI 49423, Tel: 616-403- 9550; Fax: 616-395-7195; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission: October 27, 2017; Published: January 25, 2018
ISSN: 2577-1914 Volume1 Issue4
Childhood overweight and obesity is a national epidemic and predisposes children to adulthood obesity as well as increases the risk of developing cardiovascular, metabolic, and psychological disorders. Prior research has found that if an individual can engage in lifestyle modification for 10 weeks then the change is more likely to be maintained after the intervention. The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a 10 week multidisciplinary intervention program on improving the health outcomes of children aged 7-12 years with a body mass index (BMI) greater than the 85th percentile. Child participants were referred from local pediatric care providers and, of the 15 that began the program, 13 participants completed the 10-week training session. Subjects were assessed for resting heart rate, resting blood pressure, BMI, percent body fat, waist circumference, height and weight. Furthermore, participants completed a quality of life survey and the participating parents filled out a questionnaire assessing the obesogenic factors in the household (FNPA). Prior to pre-program evaluations, the parents of participants completed an informed consent form approved by a Human Subjects Review Board. All children participated in the exercise portion of the program and each training session consisted of an hour and a half of physical activity once per week led by physical education students. Parents of participants simultaneously attended educational sessions on lifestyle modification. At the end of the program waist circumference significantly decreased (p=.027) and scores for the FNPA were trending towards significant improvement. Data collection from the second cohort of the intervention program is currently ongoing.