Improvement of Physical Activity and Correction of Body Mass Index in School Children
Recruitment status was: Recruiting
There is an increasing incidence of overweight children in Germany, due to a lack of physical activity.
The aim of this study is to improve physical fitness and activity in school children. Two classes in different schools are provided with additional sport lessons over a period of one year.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
- Improvement of maximal oxygen uptake
- Change in body mass index
|Study Start Date:||July 2005|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2006|
The increasing incidence of overweight children in Germany is due to a lack of physical activity and intake of unhealthy food. The importance of physical activity for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases in adults was shown in several trials. Therefore we provide additional sport lessons over the period of one year in two defined schools in Leipzig with the aim to improve physical fitness in school children. Two other classes with the -in germany- usual quantity of sport classes served as control classes.
In all classes at the beginning and at the end of the school year blood samples were taken, and a clinical investigation, a coordination test for children and a spiroergometer were performed. Additionally each child had to fill out a questionnaire.
Endurance training is emphasized in the sport lessons.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00176371
|University of Leipzig|
|Leipzig, Saxony, Germany, 04299|
|Principal Investigator:||Gerhard Schuler, Professor||University of Leipzig|