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The Efficacy of a Multifaceted Weight Management Program for Children and Young Adolescents

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The incidence of overweight and obesity among children and young adolescents remains unacceptably high and places our youth at risk for several negative outcomes. Recognizing the need for a youth-focused weight management program in our community, the researcher developed, implemented, and evaluated a small pilot study, FitKids. The aims of FitKids were two-fold. The first aim was to develop a program that addressed three components of weight management: exercise, nutrition education, and self-esteem. The second was to assess the efficacy of the program, and to determine if it would be beneficial to offer it to a larger number of participants. Positive changes among the participants (notably higher self-esteem and lower BMI and waist and arm circumference) indicated that the FitKids program is effective, and with additional resources and programming changes, has the potential to grow into a larger, more robust, program.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2014

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