Planning Phase of Population-Specific Healthy Lifestyle Program
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Repository Posting Date2012-08-14T16:58:01Z
Author(s)Moore, Mary (Molly) M.
TypeDNP Capstone Project
MeSH HeadingsPediatric Obesity--prevention & control
Childhood overweight and obesity in the United States are significant health problems that have a negative impact on a child’s physical and psychological well-being and that generate an extra financial burden for those affected due to health care costs. The current evidence-base for treatment of childhood overweight and obesity recommends a moderate- to high-intensity healthy lifestyle program of physical activity, healthy diet, and behavioral modification. The purpose of this descriptive, multi-method inquiry was to identify the perceived barriers to a healthy lifestyle for a population of elementary school students, ages 6 to 13 years, as the basis for the development of a school-based, population-specific healthy lifestyle program. Quantitative findings included a significantly higher level (p = .04) of perceived barriers to physical activity by age category in terms of social factors. Post hoc analyses revealed that 11- to 13-year old students had higher perceived barriers related to social factors compared to 9- to 10-year olds p = .03). Perceived barriers to physical activity related to body-related factors were also significantly higher (p = .02) for students living in a single-parent household as compared to those students living in a dual-parent household. Additionally, single- versus dual-parent household status was found to be a significant predictor (OR = 2.68, CI [1.004, 7.134]) of total perceived barriers to physical activity, with students living in a single-parent household reporting a higher level of perceived barriers as compared to those living in a dual-parent household. Qualitative findings revealed that the overarching perceived barriers in terms of physical activity were related to knowledge and barriers to healthy diet were related to access.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Mississippi Medical Center
Date of Publication2012-08-14
NotesThis work has been approved through a faculty review process prior to its posting in the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository.
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