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Subject/Keyword
children
schools
pilot
eating
health
activity
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Bates, Heidi
Supervisor and department
McCargar, Linda (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
Examining committee member and department
Willows, Noreen (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
Plotnikoff, Ronald (Physical Education and Recreation)
Department
Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-04-15T20:32:31Z
Graduation date
2010-06
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Highly structured school-based interventions have shown promise in reducing risk factors for obesity in children. However, challenges exist with the sustainability of these kinds of programs and little is known about the potential for less structured interventions to effect change on behaviours that underpin overweight and obesity in children. We utilized an experimental design to test the effects of a semi-structured intervention on the lifestyle behaviours of grade 4 to 6 students at four schools. We also assessed stakeholder satisfaction with the intervention. ANOVA found no significant differences in vegetable and fruit intake or steps taken per day between conditions (control versus intervention); suggesting that impact of the intervention on these behaviours was inconsequential. Narrative accounts provided by the stakeholders expressed satisfaction with the intervention. This pilot study contributes to our understanding of the types of strategies likely to be efficacious in reducing the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity.
Language
English
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License granted by Heidi Bates (hbates@ualberta.ca) on 2010-04-15 (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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