Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition physical activity
Treatments girls and mothers afro-centric dance program, girls, alone, newsletter
Sponsor University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Start date January 2013
End date December 2014
Trial size 99 participants
Trial identifier NCT01588379, 2010-0804

Summary

The purpose of this study is to examine the feasibility and efficacy of a 12-week afterschool afro-centric dance physical activity program for daughters and mothers on the physical activity level of African-American girls.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification safety/efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose prevention
Arm
(Experimental)
African-American girls AND their mom's will participate in the Afro-centric dance program together and also receive weekly newsletter that focuses on health related issues.
girls and mothers afro-centric dance program Girls and mothers, together
African-American girls and their mom's will participate in an after school Afro-centric dance program for 3 days/week for 12 weeks. Both girls and the mothers will also receive weekly newsletter containing various health information.
(Experimental)
African-American girls will participate in the Afro-centric dance program alone. Girls and mom's will receive weekly newsletter that focuses on health related issues
girls, alone Girls, alone
African-American girls (without their mom's) will participate in an after school Afro-centric dance program for 3 days/week for 12 weeks. Both girls and the mothers will also receive weekly newsletter containing various health information.
(Active Comparator)
African-American girls and their mom's will only receive weekly newsletter that focuses on health related issues.
newsletter Control
Both girls and the mothers will receive weekly newsletter containing various health information.

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Change from baseline in physical activity level at 12-weeks
time frame: Baseline, 6-weeks and 12-weeks after study initiation

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
Changes in body mass index, fasting insulin, and psychosocial
time frame: Baseline and 12-weeks after the initiation of the study protocol

Eligibility Criteria

Female participants from 7 years up to 11 years old.

Inclusion Criteria for Girls: - 7 -10 yrs old on the date of randomization - Defined as African-American if her parent/guardian identifies her as such - No inclusion criteria will be used for mothers Exclusion Criteria: - Unable to wear the activity monitor - Unable to participate in physical activity, require oxygen supplementation for exertion, have a developmental or physical disability preventing participation, cannot increase their physical activity for any reason, uncorrected structural heart disease) - If girl and/or mother is unable to read, understand, or complete the informed consent or surveys in English. - Musculoskeletal injuries or disorders that would prevent participation - Taking diabetes (type 1 or 2), renal diseases, eating disorder, pregnancy medication - Take medications affecting growth (e.g., insulin, oral hypoglycemic, thyroid hormone)

Additional Information

Official title Effects of an Afro-centric Dance Program for African-American Daughters and Mothers
Principal investigator Sofiya Alhassan, PhD
Description Like African-American women, African-American girls suffer disproportionately from obesity and Type 2 diabetes mellitus. One factor strongly associated with the development of obesity and Type 2 diabetes mellitus disparities in children is low physical activity levels. Low physical activity is more prevalent in African-American girls, pointing to the critical need for effective physical activity interventions. For a physical activity intervention message to be effective among African-American girls, the program must be enjoyable and tailored to African-American girls and women. One possibility for an appropriate physical activity intervention is afro-centric dance, which has strong cultural and historical significance in the African-American community. This form of physical activity may provide girls with sustained bouts of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. There appears to be a strong positive correlation between parental and children physical activity levels. In the African-American culture, maternal health behaviors in particular have a strong influence on children's health behaviors. Currently, there are no studies that examine the effects of a daughter-mother Afro-centric dance program on the physical activity levels of African-American girls. Therefore, the purpose of this study will be to examine the feasibility and efficacy of a 12-week physical activity intervention consisting of afro-centric dance and its ability to affect the physical activity levels of African-American girls. If investigators identify afro-centric dance as a sustainable form of physical activity for African-American daughters and mothers, investigators can use this intervention to significantly reduce obesity and Type 2 diabetes mellitus in these groups.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in July 2014.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Massachusetts, Amherst.