This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition childhood obesity
Treatment healthy eating and physical activity
Sponsor University of South Carolina
Collaborator National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Start date August 2014
End date May 2018
Trial size 1000 participants
Trial identifier NCT02394717, 1R01HD079422-01


The investigators long term-goal is to help YMCA programs across the nation successfully acheive the Y of USA "Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards". Our objective here is threefold. First, the investigators will work with South Carolina YMCA leadership to achieve the "Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards" and implement our HEPA Strategies in YMCA programs across the state, evaluate the uptake of and adherence to the standards and strategies, and identify factors that influence their implementation. Second, the investigators will evaluate the impact of acheiving the standards on children's MVPA and the serving and consumption of FV and water during the programs. Third, the investigators will evaluate the costs associated with and the cost-effectiveness of meeting the standards in terms of improvements in activity and healthy eating.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose prevention
All YMCA programs will receive the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Intervention throughout the study. All programs will receive the HEPA Strategies intervetion to assist them with achievement of the HEPA Standards.
healthy eating and physical activity HEPA
Create partnerships with ASPs to help facilitate changes in programming to meet the National Afterschool Alliance's HEPA Standards.

Primary Outcomes

Change in proportion of children meeting physical activity policy
time frame: Baseline, Fall of Year 2, and Fall of Year 3

Secondary Outcomes

Changes in Nutritional Quality of Snacks
time frame: Baseline, Fall of Year 2 and Fall of Year 3

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 5 years up to 12 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - All children enrolled in participating afterschool programs will be eligible to take part in the study. Exclusion Criteria: - Any physical/orthopedic impairment that would limit a child's ability to participate in regular physical activity (e.g., wheelchair user).

Additional Information

Official title Policy to Practice: Statewide Rollout of YMCA Childhood Obesity Standards
Principal investigator Michael W Beets, PhD
Description The investigators research team developed a conceptual framework that identifies critical modifiable levers within Out of School Time programs that can be altered and/or strengthened to reach policy or standards goals. These include the policy environment at the national, state and local levels; characteristics of the individual site, program leadership, staff, and children; and existing outside organizational partnerships. This framework was informed by complex systems change, social ecology, systemic capacity building , and the literature on the impact of public health policy that identifies key elements of the system to be targeted as well as possible influences on those elements. Viewing OST programs as complex systems, "Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards" represent one of many leverage points within a system. Existing efforts to implement standards rest solely upon the voluntary adoption of the standards, with little to no other changes to the OST program setting. It is clear from our preliminary work and comprehensive reviews that OST programs are falling short of meeting goals set forth in the standards.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in May 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of South Carolina.