Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions obesity, food habits, physical activity
Treatment educational program
Sponsor Hospital de Granollers
Start date September 2006
End date September 2008
Trial size 598 participants
Trial identifier NCT01156805, AVALL

Summary

ABSTRACT Objective: to evaluate the efficacy of an intervention on food habits and physical activity in school-age children.

Methods: a two-year cluster-randomised prospective study with two parallel arms was used to evaluate an intervention programme in children in their first year of primary schooling (5-6 years of age) in schools in the city of Granollers. The intervention consisted of the promotion of healthy eating habits and physical activity by means of the educational methodology Investigation, Vision, Action and Change (IVAC). At the beginning and at the end of the study (2006 and 2008) the weight and height of each child was measured in situ, while the families were given a self-report physical activity questionnaire and the Krece Plus quick test.

Results: two years after the beginning of the study, the BMI of the children in the control group was 0.89 Kg/ m2 higher than that of the intervention schools. The intervention reduced by 62% the prevalence of overweight children. Similarly, the proportion of children that ate a second piece of fruit and took part in an after-school physical activity increased in the intervention group. In the control group, the weekly consumption of fish was reduced.

Conclusion: the educational intervention in healthy eating habits and physical activity in the school environment together with the involvement of the family could contribute to lessen the current increase in child obesity in our setting.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose prevention
Arm
(Experimental)
Experimental, intervention group has received educational training to improve food habits and physical activity
educational program
The intervention consisted of the promotion of healthy eating habits and physical activity by means of the educational methodology Investigation, Vision, Action and Change (IVAC). At the beginning and at the end of 1st phase of the study (2006 and 2008) the weight and height of each child was measured in situ, while the families were given a self-report physical activity questionnaire and the Krece Plus quick test

Primary Outcomes

Measure
anthropometric variables
time frame: every two years

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 5 years up to 6 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Children born in 2000 who attended schools in Granollers City Exclusion Criteria: - Schoolchildren who need special diet for metabolic or digestive disorder, physical activity incapacity, no family acceptance or attendance to school was discontinued

Additional Information

Official title Assessment of an School-based Intervention in Eating Habits and Physical Activity in Schoolchildren: the AVall Study.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in July 2010.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Hospital de Granollers.