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Promoting Physical Activity and Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Through a Community-School Partnership: The Effects of Marathon Kids® on Low-Income Elementary School Children in Texas.
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PMID:  21946059     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Marathon Kids (MK) is a community and school-based program that promotes running, walking, and healthy eating in elementary school children. This study assessed the impact of MK on self-reported physical activity (PA), fruit and vegetable consumption (FVC), and related psycho-social factors in a sample of low-income, 4th and 5th grade students in Texas (n=511). Intervention strategies included structured school running time, behavioral tracking, celebratory events, and rewards. METHODS: A quasi-experimental design with 5 intervention (MK) and 3 comparison schools was employed. Students were assessed at baseline in the fall and at three time points during 2008-09. Mixed-effect regression methods were used to model pooled means, adjusting for baseline and socio-demographic variables. RESULTS: MK students reported a higher mean time of running in past 7 days compared to non-MK students (mean = 4.38 vs. 3.83, respectively. p=.002), with a standardized effect size of 0.16. Mean times of FVC (p=.008), athletic identity self-concept (p<.001), PA outcome expectations (p=.007), and PA and FVC self-efficacy (p<.001 and p=.02, respectively) were also higher in MK students. Fewer differences in social support were observed. CONCLUSION: Findings provide further evidence on the importance of community and school partnerships for promoting PA and healthy eating in children.
Andrew E Springer; Steven H Kelder; Nalini Ranjit; Heather Hochberg-Garrett; Sherman Crow; Joanne Delk
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-6-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of physical activity & health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1543-5474     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-9-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101189457     Medline TA:  J Phys Act Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Dept of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living, University of Texas School of Public Health at Austin, TX.
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