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Obesity and Diabetes Prevention Through Science Enrichment (DKENERGY)

This study has been completed.
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Poudre School District, Fort Collins, CO
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Colorado State University Identifier:
First received: October 9, 2007
Last updated: November 5, 2014
Last verified: November 2014
Type 2 diabetes and obesity in children continue to increase at alarming rates with devastating results. However, both these metabolic diseases are largely preventable through adoption of a healthy lifestyle, an understanding of what happens to food in the body, energy balance and some simple aspects of glucose regulation. Can elementary school children be taught the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent type 2 diabetes and obesity? Children need to learn this essential knowledge and practice these important health behavior skills. Elementary school may be an ideal place to master this subject that is a direct and logical extension of current health curricula including nutrition and physical activity blended with science and math.

Condition Intervention
Type 2 Diabetes Obesity Behavioral: Program ENERGY Other: comparison

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Type 2 Diabetes Knowledge: Obesity and Diabetes Prevention Through Science Enrichment

Further study details as provided by Colorado State University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Diabetes knowledge and prevention behaviors in elementary school children [ Time Frame: one-three school year(s) ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Parental diabetes knowledge, self-reported physical activity [ Time Frame: one -three school year(s) ]

Enrollment: 2909
Study Start Date: August 2001
Study Completion Date: September 2011
Primary Completion Date: September 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: I
Elementary school children -grades 2-6 participating in Program ENERGY
Behavioral: Program ENERGY
Weekly or biweekly classroom and gym based science enrichment focused on how the body works including blood glucose regulation, healthy eating and physical activity, diabetes abd how it can be prevented
Sham Comparator: II
Elementary school children in grades 2-6 matched to the intervention classes not receiving any intervention
Other: comparison

Detailed Description:
Biomedical scientists lead a classroom series of interactive, inquiry-based science and health explorations directed at type 2 diabetes, obesity and their prevention in three elementary schools serving children at high risk for type 2 diabetes. Diabetes knowledge was measured in children and parents at the beginning, end and 9 months after the end of the intervention using validated questionnaires.

Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 13 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Elementary school child in selected intervention or comparison classes/schools
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00541879

United States, Colorado
Putnam, Tavelli, Bennett and Dunn Elementary Schools
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States, 80524
Sponsors and Collaborators
Colorado State University
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Poudre School District, Fort Collins, CO
Principal Investigator: L. Arthur Campfield, PhD Colorado State University
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Colorado State University Identifier: NCT00541879     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: H 04-257 RR25 RR 020469
R 25 RR 020469
R 25 RR 015646
Study First Received: October 9, 2007
Last Updated: November 5, 2014

Keywords provided by Colorado State University:
Energy balance
Glucose regulation
Healthy lifestyle
Healthy eating
Active living

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Nutrition Disorders
Body Weight
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