Health Promot Perspect. 2018;8(3): 237-242.
doi: 10.15171/hpp.2018.32
PMID: 30087848
PMCID: PMC6064755
Scopus ID: 85061206904
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Physical activity in the Families in Transformation (FIT) weight management program for children

Kathy B Knight 1*, Sydney A Devers 1, Meagan Maloney 1, Anne K Bomba 1, Heather Walker 1, Kathy Tucker 2, Scott S. Knight 3

1 Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management, University of Mississippi, University, MS, USA
2 Coordinator of Outreach and Innovation, Health Works! North Mississippi, North Mississippi Health Services, Tupelo, MS, USA
3 Director of University of Mississippi Field Station, University of Mississippi, University, MS, USA
*Corresponding Author: Email: kknight@olemiss.edu


Background: The purpose was to determine if an 8-week nutrition education and exercise program for families could influence health and fitness parameters, and retention of nutrition knowledge. Methods: Eighteen children (mean age: 10.52 ± 1.26 year; 50% boys, 50% girls; 56% white,25% black, 19% multiracial) participated in the Families in Transformation (FIT) program. Preand post-study anthropocentric, blood pressure, fitness, and nutrition knowledge data was collected. Results: Diastolic blood pressure decreased for the total group (66.63 ± 8.81 to 63.75 ± 11.81mm Hg). Significant (P < 0.05) increases were seen for the group for push-ups (14.31 ± 7.62 to 19.63 ± 6.62) and chair squats (30.50 ± 10.21 to 34.44 ± 7.39). The reinforcing physical activity group performed significantly better on nutrition knowledge quizzes. Conclusion: Although, body mass index (BMI) z-scores did not change, there was a decrease in diastolic blood pressure, increase in fitness parameters, and increased retention of nutrition knowledge.

Citation: Knight KB, Devers SA, Maloney M, Bomba AK, Walker H, Tucker K, et al. Physical activity in the Families in Transformation (FIT)weight management program for children. Health Promot Perspect. 2018;8(3):237-242. doi: 10.15171/hpp.2018.32.
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Submitted: 09 Nov 2017
Revision: 09 Feb 2018
Accepted: 26 Apr 2018
ePublished: 07 Jul 2018
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