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Trial of a Novel Family-Based Intervention to Increase Outdoor Time and Fitness (FIT)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Saw Seang Mei, National University, Singapore Identifier:
First received: June 30, 2011
Last updated: October 8, 2015
Last verified: October 2015
This study aims to implement a new family-based health behavior community program to increase time spent outdoors and physical activity among Singapore children aged 6 to 12 years in a 1-year randomized clinical trial. 300 children from 250 families will be randomly assigned to either a family-based intervention or no intervention. The family-based intervention comprises structured weekend outdoor activities organized by National Parks and incentives for children to wear a pedometer and increase their daily steps. Families who meet their monthly step and outdoor activity goals will receive a range of prizes and incentives. Both groups will receive brochures on the National Myopia Prevention Program and physical activity. The success of the intervention will be evaluated through light meters, 7-day outdoor diaries, questionnaires documenting outdoor time and myopia; as well as pedometer steps, walking tests, and body mass index. A community-based intervention will be developed to improve the health of Singapore children by increasing outdoor time and physical activity to prevent myopia and obesity.

Condition Intervention Phase
Behavioral: Family-based Outdoor program
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: An Exploratory Randomized Controlled Trial of a Novel Family-Based Intervention to Increase Outdoor Time for the Prevention of Myopia and Increase Physical Activity Among Singapore Youth

Further study details as provided by Saw Seang Mei, National University, Singapore:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Physical fitness/Exercise capacity [ Time Frame: Outcome measure will be assessed at baseline and 12 month follow-up visit ]
    Physical fitness/Exercise capacity assessed through 6-minutes walking test

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Outdoor time [ Time Frame: Outcome measure will be assessed at baseline and 12 month follow-up visit ]
    Time spent outdoors assessed using the WHO Risk factor Questionnaire

Enrollment: 285
Study Start Date: April 2011
Study Completion Date: March 2012
Primary Completion Date: March 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Family-based Intervention Arm Behavioral: Family-based Outdoor program
2 to 3 hour outdoor activities organized in conjunction with National Parks, Singapore
Other Name: Outdoor intervention
No Intervention: Control

Detailed Description:
To develop, implement, and evaluate a novel incentive-based family intervention to increase time spent outdoors and physical activity among children aged 6 to 12 years in a 1-year randomized controlled trial.

Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 12 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Children between 6 and 12 years of age with no known health problems preventing them from staying outdoors or walking for physical activity will be included as long as they are Singapore citizens or permanent residents.
  • Both myopic and non-myopic children will be included

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Children with medical conditions such as Type 1 diabetes, severe asthma, cancer or mental illness will be excluded.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01388205

National University of Singapore
Kent Ridge, Singapore, 119077
Sponsors and Collaborators
National University, Singapore
Principal Investigator: Saw Seang Mei, MBBS,PhD National University of singapore, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health
Principal Investigator: Eric Andrew Finkelstein, PhD DUKE NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Saw Seang Mei, Professor of Epidemiology, National University, Singapore Identifier: NCT01388205     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FIT-NUS-10-520
Study First Received: June 30, 2011
Last Updated: October 8, 2015

Keywords provided by Saw Seang Mei, National University, Singapore:
Outdoor activity
Physical activity
Randomized Controlled Trial
Behavior modification

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Refractive Errors
Eye Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017