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Prevention of childhood obesity is a nationalconcern and there is a need for interventions that can be implemented incommunity programs and are brief in nature. This pilot project was developed toevaluate the impact of the Children’s Healthy Eating and Exercise Program,which was adapted from the Traffic Light Diet. Participants were urbanAppalachian children and adolescents who were enrolled in one of twocommunity-based summer programs. Quantitative and qualitative methods were usedto examine children’s impressions of the program and to assess what theylearned during implementation of the program. Results indicated that youngerchildren reported consuming fewer French fries or chips and older childrenreported eating more vegetables at the end of the program. Knowledge of twocategories of Traffic Light foods appeared good; however, participants showedlower knowledge about one of the food categories. Future studies should involveparents as well as incorporate a more rigorous evaluation design with acomparison group to examine the impact of this new program.

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Obesity Prevention Program for Children

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Nabors, L. , Burbage, M. , Pangallo, J. , Bernard, A. , Strong, A. , Gardocki, S. , Shelton, P. and Jones, D. 2013 Delivery and evaluation of a pilot obesity prevention project for urban Appalachian children. Open Journal of Pediatrics, 3, 300-305. doi: 10.4236-ojped.2013.34054.





Author: Laura Nabors, Michelle Burbage, Jordan Pangallo, Amy Bernard, Amanda Strong, Sarah Gardocki, Phyllis Shelton, Donna Jones

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