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This study examined the effectiveness of a unique extracurricular after-school initiative designed to promote healthy diets and exercise in urban African Americans. The Students and Parents Actively Involved in Being Fit after-school program was offered for 12 weeks to students and their parents/guardians at an urban middle school. Specific aims of the intervention were to increase participants’ vegetable and fruit intake by using established 5 A Day for Better Health educational resource materials/activities and to affect their health-related fitness through dance, games, and fitness activities. Fifty-six children and 25 parents/guardians completed a standard battery of evaluations before and after the program. Pre-post pairwise t test revealed that both children and their parents/guardians showed an increase in fruit consumption and a reduction in diastolic blood pressure (PP


Accepted version. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Vol. 105, No. 3 (March 2005): 455-459. DOI. © 2005 Elsevier. Used with permission.

Randall Gretebeck was affiliated with Wayne State University at the time of publication.

Kimberlee Gretebeck was affiliated with the University of Michigan at the time of publication.

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