Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions health behavior, prevention harmful effects
Treatment summer science wellness program emphasizing health education pertaining to nutrition, physical activity, and healthy lifestyle.
Sponsor University of Miami
Collaborator Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (formerly known as Miami Science Museum)
Start date May 2013
End date June 2017
Trial size 480 participants
Trial identifier NCT02187939, 20111081

Summary

Get in the GROOVE! will address health disparities impacting underserved youth. Given the alarming rate of overweight and obesity among high school minority youth, the project will focus on middle school with the primary aim of reaching middle school girls before unhealthy habits become firmly ingrained.

The primary aim of the research project is to investigate the impact of two types of summer science enrichment programs (that focus on health and wellness) on middle school girls' self-efficacy, health knowledge, health behaviors, and interest in science. One program will present the curriculum by conventional means (GROOVE condition) while the second program will include the addition of a closed 3-D virtual world environment to reinforce concepts (GROOVE+ condition).

The following hypotheses will be tested in the randomized controlled trial:

1. Upon completion of the summer program, the enhanced summer program GROOVE+ relative to the conventional summer program will result in a) increased self-efficacy for adopting healthy behavior change; b) increased health knowledge; c) enhanced science self-concept; and e) more positive behavior change (e.g., improved nutrition, increased physical activity).

2. At follow-up, the enhanced summer program relative to the conventional summer program will result in further and/or sustained improvements in positive behavior health behaviors and attitudes.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind (subject)
Primary purpose prevention
Arm
(Active Comparator)
The GROOVE condition uses conventional means to address health-related activities and content within the context of a science museum summer enrichment program. The emphasis is on nutrition, physical activity, and healthy lifestyle.
summer science wellness program emphasizing health education pertaining to nutrition, physical activity, and healthy lifestyle.
The enhanced virtual world education (GROOVE+) will be compared to conventional approach (GROOVE). Each program is Monday-Friday, 9:30-3:30, for 3 weeks in the summer.
(Experimental)
The GROOVE+ condition enhances the conventional approach to address health-related activities and content within the context of a science museum summer enrichment program by employing technology and a 3-D virtual world as a key educational strategy. The emphasis is on nutrition, physical activity, and healthy lifestyle.
summer science wellness program emphasizing health education pertaining to nutrition, physical activity, and healthy lifestyle.
The enhanced virtual world education (GROOVE+) will be compared to conventional approach (GROOVE). Each program is Monday-Friday, 9:30-3:30, for 3 weeks in the summer.

Primary Outcomes

Measure
change in Health Knowledge
time frame: pretreatment ( Day1-2) and post treatment (end of 3 week summer session)

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
change in Self-efficacy - physical activity
time frame: pretreatment ( Day1-2) and post treatment (end of 3 week summer session)
change in Self-efficacy - fruit and vegetable consumption
time frame: pretreatment ( Day1-2) and post treatment (end of 3 week summer session)
change in Self-efficacy - science
time frame: pretreatment ( Day1-2) and post treatment (end of 3 week summer session)

Eligibility Criteria

Female participants from 11 years up to 14 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Girls 11-14 years old Exclusion Criteria: Girls are excluded if they are: - not fluent in English - enrolled in a special education program at school (other than gifted program) that would interfere with ability to master the material - have a condition that would preclude their participation in the dance activities of the summer program

Additional Information

Official title Get in the GROOVE (Girls Realizing Options Through OpenSim Virtual Experiences)!
Principal investigator Patrice G Saab, Ph.D.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in October 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Miami.