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Parent-targeted Mobile Phone Based Intervention to Increase Physical Activity in Children (P-Mobile)

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01551108
First Posted: March 12, 2012
Last Update Posted: May 3, 2016
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Collaborator:
The Coca-Cola Company
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Robert Newton, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  Purpose
This study is designed to determine if parents can deliver an intervention that will help increase physical activity in their children. The parents will be given the intervention through their mobile phones.

Condition Intervention
Physical Activity Behavioral: Intervention: limited behavioral strategies Behavioral: Intervention: advanced behavioral strategies

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Parent-targeted Mobile Phone Based Intervention to Increase Physical Activity in Children (P-Mobile)

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Further study details as provided by Robert Newton, Pennington Biomedical Research Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Step counts [ Time Frame: 3 Months ]
    Physical activity will be measured by utilizing pedometers.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • 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.


Enrollment: 27
Study Start Date: March 2012
Study Completion Date: August 2013
Primary Completion Date: August 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
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.

Detailed Description:

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.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 10 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Parent must own a mobile phone.
  • Parent must use the text (SMS)messaging service on their mobile phone.
  • Parent can access the internet on their mobile phone.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Child is 6 through 10 years old.
  • Child does not engage in regular physical activity.
  • Chile is physically capable of exercising.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01551108


Locations
United States, Louisiana
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, 70808
Sponsors and Collaborators
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
The Coca-Cola Company
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Robert L. Newton, Jr., PhD Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Principal Investigator: Timothy Church, MD,MPH,PhD Pennington Biomedial Research Center
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Robert Newton, Principal Investigator, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01551108     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PBRC 11022
First Submitted: March 8, 2012
First Posted: March 12, 2012
Last Update Posted: May 3, 2016
Last Verified: May 2016

Keywords provided by Robert Newton, Pennington Biomedical Research Center:
Children
physical activity