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Addressing Childhood Obesity Through School-based Prevention Programs

Greco, Lisa Marie (2008) Addressing Childhood Obesity Through School-based Prevention Programs. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh.

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    Childhood obesity has become of public health importance because of the powerful, adverse impact it has on our Nation's youth and on the well-being of our society. Childhood obesity affects all aspects of a child's life; most significantly by contributing to poor health and negative social perceptions by society. Extensive research of this issue has identified numerous causal and risk factors associated with obesity. Given the multifaceted nature of the problem, and its severe implications for the future health and well-being of affected children, I believe that the most effective solutions will be achieved through programs that focus on prevention efforts. In the last decade national attention has increasingly focused on efforts to reduce obesity among our youth. Schools have been the primary setting for prevention program, but these efforts have generally been found to be meet with only limited success. Researchers have increasingly focused on other environmental factors such as the home environment and family influences on children's behavior. Recent studies have shown that family and social influences are key determinates of the high incidence rate of childhood obesity. I am proposing to build upon the efforts currently taking place in school districts by implementing a family-based prevention program. The program is an eight-week nutrition and physical education program for middle school students. It is intended that it be implemented within the school environment one evening each week, and that participants include both students and parents. The purpose of this program is to provide children and their families with nutritional education and to encourage physical activity. The desired outcomes include inducing positive behavioral changes and creating an environment within the home that encourages healthy habits, thereby decreasing the prevalence of childhood obesity within the school community.


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    Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
    Creators/Authors:
    CreatorsEmailORCID
    Greco, Lisa Marielmg43@pitt.edu, lgreco43@yahoo.com
    ETD Committee:
    ETD Committee TypeCommittee MemberEmailORCID
    Committee ChairJaros, Kennethkjaros@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberKeane, Christophercrkcity@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberCahalane, Helenhcupgh@pitt.edu
    Title: Addressing Childhood Obesity Through School-based Prevention Programs
    Status: Unpublished
    Abstract: Childhood obesity has become of public health importance because of the powerful, adverse impact it has on our Nation's youth and on the well-being of our society. Childhood obesity affects all aspects of a child's life; most significantly by contributing to poor health and negative social perceptions by society. Extensive research of this issue has identified numerous causal and risk factors associated with obesity. Given the multifaceted nature of the problem, and its severe implications for the future health and well-being of affected children, I believe that the most effective solutions will be achieved through programs that focus on prevention efforts. In the last decade national attention has increasingly focused on efforts to reduce obesity among our youth. Schools have been the primary setting for prevention program, but these efforts have generally been found to be meet with only limited success. Researchers have increasingly focused on other environmental factors such as the home environment and family influences on children's behavior. Recent studies have shown that family and social influences are key determinates of the high incidence rate of childhood obesity. I am proposing to build upon the efforts currently taking place in school districts by implementing a family-based prevention program. The program is an eight-week nutrition and physical education program for middle school students. It is intended that it be implemented within the school environment one evening each week, and that participants include both students and parents. The purpose of this program is to provide children and their families with nutritional education and to encourage physical activity. The desired outcomes include inducing positive behavioral changes and creating an environment within the home that encourages healthy habits, thereby decreasing the prevalence of childhood obesity within the school community.
    Date: 27 June 2008
    Date Type: Completion
    Defense Date: 15 April 2008
    Approval Date: 27 June 2008
    Submission Date: 09 April 2008
    Access Restriction: No restriction; The work is available for access worldwide immediately.
    Patent pending: No
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
    Refereed: Yes
    Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
    URN: etd-04092008-145357
    Uncontrolled Keywords: childhood obesity; prevention programs
    Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 14:35
    Last Modified: 25 Apr 2012 14:19
    Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-04092008-145357/, etd-04092008-145357

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