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Physical Activity, Weight and Fitness Outcomes in Children in After-Care

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sabina B. Gesell, Wake Forest University Health Sciences Identifier:
First received: February 3, 2010
Last updated: January 17, 2017
Last verified: January 2017
The purpose of this study is to compare the effect of two after-school programs on children's physical activity, fitness, body composition, and academic performance.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Impact Analysis of Metro Parks' After-School Programming on Physical Activity, Weight and Fitness Outcomes

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Further study details as provided by Wake Forest University Health Sciences:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Physical activity measured by actigraphy [ Time Frame: 3 weeks over 3 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Body composition measured by bioelectrical impedance [ Time Frame: 3 times over 3 months ]
  • Cardiovascular fitness measured by 1/2 mile run/walk [ Time Frame: 3 times over 3 months ]

Enrollment: 97
Study Start Date: February 2010
Study Completion Date: May 2010
Primary Completion Date: May 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Coleman Afterschool Program
Children enrolled in a community center-based after-school program.
YMCA Fun Company
Children enrolled in a school-based after-school program.

Detailed Description:
Tennessee ranks 4th for the highest prevalence of adult obesity in the nation (30.2%), and ranks 5th for the highest rate of youth obesity (36.5%). The Division of General Pediatrics at Vanderbilt has a specific research focus to develop community engagement projects that measurably reduce childhood obesity. Metro Parks and Recreation has been showcased by the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) as a national model for its leadership role in community health and wellness. The two have created a unique academic-community partnership, guided by principals of community-based participatory research (CBPR), that is working to test and disseminate effective Metro Parks-based programs to reduce pediatric obesity. The proposed study will examine the impact of the Coleman Community Center after-school program on routine physical activity, weight and fitness outcomes in children who belong to the low-income and racial and ethnic minority populations at highest risk for childhood obesity. This study was requested by Metro Parks and has significant policy implications: If the program is deemed effective in improving daily physical activity, weight and/or fitness outcomes in students, the proposed study will serve as the rationale to expand the program to Metro Parks' 22 community centers, all of which are located in under-resourced neighborhoods.

Ages Eligible for Study:   5 Years to 15 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
public school students

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 5 - 15 years
  • enrolled in public school district
  • parental permission to access school records

Exclusion Criteria:

  • under 5 or over 15
  • no parental permission to access school records
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01063413

United States, Tennessee
Metro Parks & Recreation - Coleman Park Regional Center
Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 37211
YMCA Fun Company - Glencliff Elementary School
Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 37211
Sponsors and Collaborators
Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Principal Investigator: Sabina B. Gesell, PhD Wake Forest University Health Sciences
  More Information

Responsible Party: Sabina B. Gesell, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Wake Forest University Health Sciences Identifier: NCT01063413     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 090986
Study First Received: February 3, 2010
Last Updated: January 17, 2017
Individual Participant Data  
Plan to Share IPD: Yes
Plan Description: These data have been shared with researchers who have contacted the PI, Dr. Sabina Gesell at

Keywords provided by Wake Forest University Health Sciences:
Behavioral Research
Community-Based Participatory Research processed this record on May 23, 2017