The purpose of this study was to pilot a 5-week community-based intervention on improving measures of health-related fitness in overweight children. Data were obtained from 8 overweight and obese 8- to 14-year-old children. Measurements included muscular fitness (curl-ups and modified pull-ups), aerobic capacity (20 meter progressive aerobic cardiovascular endurance run [PACER] test), body composition (tricep and calf skinfolds), body mass index (BMI), and flexibility (back saver sit-and-reach). A significant reduction in BMI was observed at post-test compared to baseline (p = .03). There was a significant decrease in body fat at post-test for boys (p = .013).
Hutchens, Jenny G.; Caputo, Jennifer L.; Colson, Janet M.; Farley, Richard S.; Renfrow, Matthew S.; and Seguin, Eric P.
"The Impact of a Pilot Community Intervention on Health-Related Fitness Measures in Overweight Children,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 3
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