Addressing health disparities in middle school students' nutrition and exercise

  • Frenn M
  • Malin S
  • Bansal N
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Those with low income, especially women of African American and Hispanic heritage have the greatest risk of inactivity and obesity. A 4-session (Internet and video) intervention with healthy snack and gym labs was tested in 2 (gym lab in 1) urban low-middle-income middle schools to improve low fat diet and moderate and vigorous physical activity.1 The gym lab was particularly beneficial (p =.002). Fat in diet decreased with each Internet session in which students participated. Percentage of fat in food was reduced significantly p =.018 for Black, White, and Black/Native American girls in the intervention group. Interventions delivered through Internet and video may enable reduction of health disparities in students by encouraging those most at risk to consume 30% or less calories from fat and to engage in moderate and vigorous physical activity.

Author-supplied keywords

  • *Exercise
  • *Health Promotion
  • *Nutrition
  • *Schools
  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Dietary Fats/administration & dosage
  • Female
  • Food Habits
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Male
  • Obesity/ethnology/prevention & control
  • Program Evaluation
  • Questionnaires
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Class
  • Television

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  • M Frenn

  • S Malin

  • N Bansal

  • M Delgado

  • Y Greer

  • M Havice

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