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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: ObjectiveTo determine the impact of the Fit Families youth weight management program on self-perception of participants. MethodsFit Families 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. ResultsYouth had improved self-perception in the areas of athletic competence (P = .04) and physical appearance (P = .007) after participating in Fit Families. Conclusions and ImplicationsFit Families 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