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The BONES Project: Building Healthy Bones in Children

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified June 2003 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
Information provided by:
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Identifier:
First received: July 18, 2003
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: June 2003
The Beat Osteoporosis: Nourish and Exercise Skeletons (BONES) Project is an after-school program that includes weight loading physical activity, nutrition and bone health education, and calcium-rich snacks. The program is designed to improve bone health in early elementary school children.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Beat Osteoporosis: Nourish and Exercise Skeletons (BONES) Project

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Beat Osteoporosis: Nourish and Exercise Skeletons (BONES)

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Further study details as provided by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD):

Estimated Enrollment: 1500
Study Start Date: June 1999
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2004
Detailed Description:

Osteoporosis is a serious public health concern expected to threaten 52 million Americans by the year 2010. This debilitating disease comes at an annual cost of $17 billion. By optimizing bone development during the growing years, individuals can lower their risk of osteoporosis by building an adequate reserve of bone. This study will implement and evaluate an after-school program with exercise, education, and diet components designed to improve bone quality and muscle strength in early elementary school children.

First and second grade children from 84 after school programs in 33 diverse communities throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be enrolled in the study. After-school programs will be randomized to either the BONES Project, to the BONES Project plus a parent/caregiver component, or to a no-intervention control group. The BONES curriculum will be implemented 4 days per week over a 20- to 25-week period; each after-school program will implement the program for 2 years. Participants will be followed for an additional year, assuming they remain in the after-school program or do not withdraw for some other reason. All parents will be asked to complete a Child Medical History survey and a Parent Health Survey at baseline, during the 2-year intervention, and at the end of the follow-up year. Parents in the BONES Project plus parent/caregiver component will receive a newsletter and worksheet 5 times per year.

Participants will be assessed by quantitative ultrasound, height, weight, and body composition measurements, muscular strength, self competence, physical activity level, food knowledge and preference, calcium intake, perceived parental support, and sleep habits.


Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 9 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria

  • Enrolled in participating after-school program
  • Live in Massachusetts or Rhode Island
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00065247

United States, Massachusetts
Tufts University Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition, Science and Policy
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02111
Sponsors and Collaborators
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Principal Investigator: Christina D. Economos, PhD Tufts University
  More Information Identifier: NCT00065247     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01HD037752 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: July 18, 2003
Last Updated: June 23, 2005

Keywords provided by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD):
After-school program
Physical activity

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bone Diseases, Metabolic
Bone Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017