Presentation Title

D-2 The Victoria Trial: A School-Based Health Education Program to Reduce the Risk of Obesity Among a High-Risk Population

Presenter Status

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Nutrition and Wellness

Second Presenter Status

Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum

Third Presenter Status

Consultant, Psycology and Curriculum Development

Fourth Presenter Status

Associate Professor, Public Health, Nutrition and Wellness

Fifth Presenter Status

Officer, Prevention Services

Sixth Presenter Status

Officer, Prevention Services

Seventh Presenter Status

Officer, Prevention Services

Eighth Presenter Status

Physical Education Instructor

Ninth Presenter Status

Nutrition Professor, School of Public Health

Tenth Presenter Status

Assistant Professor, Public Health, Nutrition and Wellness

Eleventh Presenter Status

Assistant Professor, Public Health, Nutrition and Wellness

Preferred Session

Oral Session

Start Date

4-11-2016 3:15 PM

End Date

4-11-2016 3:30 PM

Presentation Abstract

Background: Childhood obesity is a mayor global public health problem which affect disproportionately Hispanic children. Therefore, The Amate, Activate, Cuidate, Comparte [Love Yourself, Activate Yourself, Take Care of Yourself, and Share] model was tested in two schools that have a high rate of overweight (30%) and obesity (26%) in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Methods: This health education model that includes physical activity, nutrition education and school-lunch was pilot tested in two schools, with an experimental and control group. The curriculum was based in social cognitive theory, positive psychology and pedagogical principles. This health and wellness model was developed and implemented through the synergistic work of Andrews University, the Department of Health, the Department of Education of Tamaulipas, local schools, parents, teachers, and children. The body mass index (BMI), eating habits, and physical activity were assessed before and after the intervention.

Results: The trend in body mass index (BMI) of the children in the experimental group was reversed while BMI in the control group continued climbing.

Conclusion: The program has been effective to change the trend in body mass index (BMI) of the children in the experimental group. The model deserves to be tested in more schools for a longer period of time.

Acknowledgments

This research was partially funded by the Andrews University through the Faculty Research Grant Office of Research and Creative Scholarship

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D-2 The Victoria Trial: A School-Based Health Education Program to Reduce the Risk of Obesity Among a High-Risk Population

Background: Childhood obesity is a mayor global public health problem which affect disproportionately Hispanic children. Therefore, The Amate, Activate, Cuidate, Comparte [Love Yourself, Activate Yourself, Take Care of Yourself, and Share] model was tested in two schools that have a high rate of overweight (30%) and obesity (26%) in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Methods: This health education model that includes physical activity, nutrition education and school-lunch was pilot tested in two schools, with an experimental and control group. The curriculum was based in social cognitive theory, positive psychology and pedagogical principles. This health and wellness model was developed and implemented through the synergistic work of Andrews University, the Department of Health, the Department of Education of Tamaulipas, local schools, parents, teachers, and children. The body mass index (BMI), eating habits, and physical activity were assessed before and after the intervention.

Results: The trend in body mass index (BMI) of the children in the experimental group was reversed while BMI in the control group continued climbing.

Conclusion: The program has been effective to change the trend in body mass index (BMI) of the children in the experimental group. The model deserves to be tested in more schools for a longer period of time.