Effect of a school-based physical activity program on health fitness in children
ISPAH ePoster Library. Araya-Ramirez F. 10/15/18; 225047; 239
Prof. Dr. Felipe Araya-Ramirez
Prof. Dr. Felipe Araya-Ramirez
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
Obesity in children have increased dramatically in Costa Rica in the last decade. Childhood obesity has been associated with a higher risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and physical inactivity is a risk factor for obesity and NCDs. School-based physical activity programs have proven to improve health fitness as well as reducing obesity in children.Purpose: To examine the effect of a school-based physical activity program on health fitness in children.Method: Two hundred twenty-seven children (age = 8.8 ± 1.8 years, height = 1.35 ± 0.12 m, weight = 32.8 ± 9.5 kg, BMI = 17.8 ± 2.9 kg/m2, WC = 63.5 ± 9.2 cm, SBP = 100 ± 11 mmHg, DBP = 60.0 ± 9.6 mmHg and HR = 90 ± 14 bpm). Body composition, blood pressures, heart rate and Pacer were measured at the beginning and end of a six-week school-based physical activity program. Children also completed the PAQ-C and C-PAFI questionnaires. Results:<\b>
Children significantly decreased SBP by 6% from (100 ± 11 to 94 ± 11 mmHg, p <.001) and decreased WC 1% from (63.5 ± 9.2 to 62.7 ± 8.1 cm, p = .004). Body fat increased 0.4% from (20.7 ± 6.8 to 21.1 ± 6.3%, p = .037). Children did not show significant changes in BW, BMI, HR, DBP, VO2max and physical activity levels reported in the questionnaires. Conclusion:<\b>
Children decreased SBP and WC after the six-week school-based physical activity program with no improvement in body composition, aerobic capacity and physical activity levels.
Abstract Introduction:<\b>
Obesity in children have increased dramatically in Costa Rica in the last decade. Childhood obesity has been associated with a higher risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and physical inactivity is a risk factor for obesity and NCDs. School-based physical activity programs have proven to improve health fitness as well as reducing obesity in children.Purpose: To examine the effect of a school-based physical activity program on health fitness in children.Method: Two hundred twenty-seven children (age = 8.8 ± 1.8 years, height = 1.35 ± 0.12 m, weight = 32.8 ± 9.5 kg, BMI = 17.8 ± 2.9 kg/m2, WC = 63.5 ± 9.2 cm, SBP = 100 ± 11 mmHg, DBP = 60.0 ± 9.6 mmHg and HR = 90 ± 14 bpm). Body composition, blood pressures, heart rate and Pacer were measured at the beginning and end of a six-week school-based physical activity program. Children also completed the PAQ-C and C-PAFI questionnaires. Results:<\b>
Children significantly decreased SBP by 6% from (100 ± 11 to 94 ± 11 mmHg, p <.001) and decreased WC 1% from (63.5 ± 9.2 to 62.7 ± 8.1 cm, p = .004). Body fat increased 0.4% from (20.7 ± 6.8 to 21.1 ± 6.3%, p = .037). Children did not show significant changes in BW, BMI, HR, DBP, VO2max and physical activity levels reported in the questionnaires. Conclusion:<\b>
Children decreased SBP and WC after the six-week school-based physical activity program with no improvement in body composition, aerobic capacity and physical activity levels.
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