The Impact of a Pilot Community Intervention on Health-Related Fitness Measures in Overweight Children

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International Journal of Exercise Science, ISSN: 1939-795X, Vol: 3, Issue: 3, Page: 12

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Hutchens, Jenny G; Caputo, Jennifer L; Colson, Janet M; Farley, Richard S; Renfrow, Matthew S; Seguin, Eric P
pediatric; physical activity; weight loss; fitness testing; 0 1; Exercise Physiology; Kinesiology
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The purpose of this study was to pilot a 5-week community-based intervention on improving measures of health-related fitness in overweight children. Data were obtained from 8 overweight and obese 8- to 14-year-old children. Measurements included muscular fitness (curl-ups and modified pull-ups), aerobic capacity (20 meter progressive aerobic cardiovascular endurance run [PACER] test), body composition (tricep and calf skinfolds), body mass index (BMI), and flexibility (back saver sit-and-reach). A significant reduction in BMI was observed at post-test compared to baseline (p = .03). There was a significant decrease in body fat at post-test for boys (p = .013).