Journal of the American Dietetic Association
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
Engels, Hermann-J.; Gretebeck, Randall J.; Gretebeck, Kimberlee A.; and Jimenez, Linda, "Promoting Healthful Diets and Exercise: Efficacy of a 12-Week After-School Program in Urban African Americans" (2005). College of Nursing Faculty Research and Publications. 845.
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