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Fit Families Program Improves Self-Perception in Children

Archuleta, Martha ; Vanleeuwen, Dawn ; Turner, Carol

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, June 2016, Vol.48(6), pp.392-396.e1 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Fit Families Program Improves Self-Perception in Children
  • Author/Creator: Archuleta, Martha ; Vanleeuwen, Dawn ; Turner, Carol
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Childhood Overweight ; Childhood Obesity ; Family Intervention ; Nutrition Education ; Self-Perception ; Education ; Anatomy & Physiology ; Diet & Clinical Nutrition
  • Is Part Of: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, June 2016, Vol.48(6), pp.392-396.e1
  • Description: To determine the impact of the youth weight management program on self-perception of participants. was delivered through Cooperative Extension and provided education to overweight and obese children and their families on healthful eating and physical activity along with building self-esteem and social competence. At the beginning and end of the 7-week program, a convenience sample of 46 youth completed the Self-Perception Profile for Children questionnaire to evaluate changes in self-perception. Youth had improved self-perception in the areas of athletic competence (  = .04) and physical appearance (  = .007) after participating in . provides a holistic approach to weight management that promotes positive self-perception, which may decrease the burden of depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem obese youth face.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1499-4046 ; E-ISSN: 1878-2620 ; DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2016.03.012