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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2016 Mar;48(3):208-12.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2015.12.010.

Healthy Lifestyle Fitness Camp: A Summer Approach to Prevent Obesity in Low-Income Youth.

Author information

1
Department of Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA. Electronic address: glgeorge@sfsu.edu.
2
Youth, Families, and Communities Statewide Program, University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Davis, CA.
3
Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis, David, CA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the effect of participation in a summer camp focused on nutrition and fitness among low-income youth.

METHODS:

In 2011-2012, overweight and obese youth (n = 126) from Fresno, CA participated in a free 6-week summer program, Healthy Lifestyle Fitness Camp (HLFC), which included 3 h/wk of nutrition education provided by University of California CalFresh and 3 hours of daily physical activity through Fresno Parks and Recreation. The researchers used repeated-measures ANOVA to examine changes in weight, waist circumference, and waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) between HLFC and the comparison group (n = 29).

RESULTS:

Significant pre-post WHtR reductions were observed in HLFC: 0.64 to 0.61 (P < .001). In addition, WHtR reductions were maintained in HLFC 2 months afterward whereas an increase occurred in the comparison group (P < .007).

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:

Understanding the impact of nutrition- and fitness-themed summer camps during unstructured months of summer is integral to obesity prevention among low-income youth.

KEYWORDS:

childhood obesity; low income; nutrition education; physical activity; summer day camp

PMID:
26965098
DOI:
10.1016/j.jneb.2015.12.010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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