Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions obesity, physical activity
Treatments parent-focused intervention, twice weekly gym lessons
Sponsor Universitätsmedizin Mannheim
Collaborator Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg
Start date September 2008
End date July 2010
Trial size 1047 participants
Trial identifier NCT00987532, MIPH_KITA2008

Summary

The aim of this study is to test whether a parent-focused participatory intervention in addition to gym lessons can enhance preschoolers physical activity compared to gym lessons alone.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind (outcomes assessor)
Primary purpose prevention
Arm
(Experimental)
Parent-focused participatory preschool intervention in addition to twice weekly gym lessons over 6 months. The participatory intervention includes parents, teachers and children.
parent-focused intervention Ene mene fit - Eltern machen mit
The core of the parent-focused intervention is a menu of 15 easy to realize project ideas to promote the everyday physical activity of children and families. The 15 ideas are presented to the parents and teachers via a webpage, a printed book and a film. During a face-to-face meeting, parents and teachers are guided into discussions of their own preschool environment's and community's physical activity shortcomings and encouraged to generate their own ideas of how to enhance the physical activity of their families and preschools. Over the course of three structured follow-up meetings, parents and teachers are instructed to choose maximally 3 to 4 ideas from either the menu or the network's own ideas, and then are empowered to realize and implement them together.
twice weekly gym lessons child-centered physical activity intervention
twice weekly one-hour gym lessons delivered by a specially trained external physical education teacher over 6 months
(Active Comparator)
Twice weekly one-hour gym lessons delivered by a specially trained external physical education teacher over 6 months
twice weekly gym lessons child-centered physical activity intervention
twice weekly one-hour gym lessons delivered by a specially trained external physical education teacher over 6 months

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Absolute change in mean accelerometry counts over 6 days
time frame: baseline, end of intervention, six months after end of intervention

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
Body Mass Index
time frame: baseline, end of intervention, six months after end of intervention

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 3 years up to 6 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - age 3-6 years Exclusion Criteria: - severe atopic dermatitis, - serious acute infectious diseases, - physical malformations, and - severe physical disabilities.

Additional Information

Principal investigator Joachim E. Fischer, MD, M.Sc.
Description Over the last 20 years, physical activity (PA) in children has rapidly decreased in both developed and developing nations. More effective interventions to prevent inactivity in childhood thus are urgently needed. The preschool years, including the adiposity rebound period, might represent a good window of opportunity. Study literature suggests that targeting parents is crucial for lasting changes in young childrens' behavior. However, it is not known which methods are effective for involving parents in physical activity promotion. Consistent with experience from community-based participatory research, encouraging parents to participate the intervention in terms of content and structure might lead to higher intervention effectivity and sustainability. In our study, we therefore "enriched" a child-centered physical activity intervention in preschools (twice weekly gym lessons over 6 months) with a parent-focused participatory community intervention component.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in September 2009.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Universitätsmedizin Mannheim.