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Eat Well and Keep Moving
|Program Title||Eat Well and Keep Moving|
|Purpose||School-based program designed to increase physical activity and promote healthy dietary habits among 4th and 5th grade students. (1999)|
|Program Focus||Behavior Modification|
|Population Focus||School Children|
|Topic||Physical Activity, Diet/Nutrition|
|Age||Adolescents (11-18 years), Children (0-10 years)|
|Race/Ethnicity||Black, not of Hispanic or Latino origin|
|Setting||School-based, Urban/Inner City|
|Funded by||USDA (Grant number(s) not available.)|
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Six intervention schools were matched with 8 control schools in Baltimore, MD. Fourth and fifth grade students in the intervention group received 13 classroom lessons each year of Eat Well and Keep Moving. Classroom teachers delivered the intervention during math, science, language arts, and social studies classes. In grade 5, students received five physical education lessons focused on nutrition issues, using a "Safe Workout" format. The intervention also included three campaigns: "Get 3-at-School & 5-a-Day," to promote fruit and vegetable consumption; "MTV Unplugged," to limit television viewing time; and "Walking Clubs," to increase walking. These classroom-based campaigns included activities to complete at home and increased opportunities for students to use acquired skills and build links with families and the community.
- Based on 24-hour recall and cross-sectional data, intervention students as compared to control students, reduced their percentage of calories from fat.
- Based on 24-hour recall, intervention students increased their consumption of fruit and vegetable, vitamin C, and fiber compared to control students.
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