Parent-targeted Mobile Phone Based Intervention to Increase Physical Activity in Children (P-Mobile)
|Physical Activity||Behavioral: Intervention: limited behavioral strategies Behavioral: Intervention: advanced behavioral strategies|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Parent-targeted Mobile Phone Based Intervention to Increase Physical Activity in Children (P-Mobile)|
- Step counts [ Time Frame: 3 Months ]Physical activity will be measured by utilizing pedometers.
- Waist circumference, body mass index, blood pressure [ Time Frame: 3 Months ]Physical measurements will be assessed by waist circumference, body mass index, height, weight, percent body fat, and blood pressure. Questionnaires will assess mood and physical activity enjoyment.
|Study Start Date:||March 2012|
|Study Completion Date:||August 2013|
|Primary Completion Date:||August 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Active Comparator: Mobile phone intervention: minimal
Intervention: limited behavioral strategies
Behavioral: Intervention: limited behavioral strategies
Parents are given access to a website, formatted for a mobile phone. The website provides parents with a target steps/day goal for their child and parents are instructed to use their mobile phone to access the study website to record their child's step count each night. Parents are also sent monthly healthy nutrition tips via text message targeting the child in order to provide these families with potentially health promoting information.
Experimental: Mobile phone intervention: intensive
Intervention: advanced behavioral strategies
Behavioral: Intervention: advanced behavioral strategies
Parents are given access to a website, formatted for a mobile phone. The website provides parents with a target steps/day goal for their child and parents are instructed to use their mobile phone to access the study website to record their child's step count each night. Parents also receive additional behavioral strategies based on the Social Cognitive Theory. The strategies are delivered through weekly articles posted on the website. Text messages are designed to prompt parents to encourage their child's physical activity, remind parents of behavioral concepts presented in the articles (article tip), and motivate parents to foster behavioral change in their child.
Most children engage in insufficient amounts of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. These low levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity are associated with adverse health consequences including increased risk for obesity, and cardiovascular and diabetes risk factors. Therefore, there is a need for studies that can increase physical activity levels in children. Mobile phones are a way to deliver behavioral interventions. Mobile phones are portable, allow for real-time data collection, and can potentially reach large numbers of people. Text messages can also be utilized to promote behavior change. Few mobile phone based interventions have specifically targeted child physical activity.
The aims of this pilot study were to determine the feasibility and efficacy of a physical activity promotion program targeting 6-10 year old children that is delivered to parents through mobile phones.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01551108
|United States, Louisiana|
|Pennington Biomedical Research Center|
|Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, 70808|
|Principal Investigator:||Robert L. Newton, Jr., PhD||Pennington Biomedical Research Center|
|Principal Investigator:||Timothy Church, MD,MPH,PhD||Pennington Biomedial Research Center|