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J Am Diet Assoc. 2005 Sep;105(9):1447-50.

Use of a Web-based component of a nutrition and physical activity behavioral intervention with Girl Scouts.

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Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55454, USA.

Abstract

This study describes the development and usage of a Web-based component of a nutrition and physical activity behavioral intervention to promote bone health among preadolescent girls. Thirty Girl Scout troops were randomized to either an intervention or control group for a 2-year period. Girls in the intervention troops (aged 10 to 12 years, N=194) were exposed to grade-specific Web sites that were developed to reinforce the content of the broader, face-to-face intervention. In 5th grade, 82% of the girls logged on once and 48% logged on more than once, compared to 56% and 23% of 6th graders, respectively. Results suggest that although Web-site usage decreased over time, a Web-site program may be useful as a component of a face-to-face, multicomponent intervention. More research is needed to determine ways to enhance and maintain Web-site use over time among youth in health-behavior intervention programs.

PMID:
16129089
DOI:
10.1016/j.jada.2005.06.027
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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