Mothers and Girls Dancing Together Trial
This trial has been completed.
|Treatments||girls and mothers afro-centric dance program, girls, alone, newsletter|
|Sponsor||University of Massachusetts, Amherst|
|Start date||January 2013|
|End date||August 2014|
|Trial size||152 participants|
|Trial identifier||NCT01588379, 2010-0804|
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.
|Endpoint classification||safety/efficacy study|
|Intervention model||parallel assignment|
Change from baseline in physical activity level at 12-weeks
time frame: Baseline, 6-weeks and 12-weeks after study initiation
Changes in body mass index, fasting insulin, and psychosocial
time frame: Baseline and 12-weeks after the initiation of the study protocol
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)
|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.|
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