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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


Location: Children's Nutrition Research Center

Title: BOUNCE: An exploratory healthy lifestyle summer intervention for girls

item Olvera, Norma
item Scherer, Rhonda
item Mcleod, Jessica
item Graham, Marilyn
item Knox, Brook
item Hall, Kayce
item Butte, Nancy
item Bush, Jill
item Smith, Dennis
item Bloom, Joel

Submitted to: American Journal of Health Behavior
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/1/2009
Publication Date: 2/1/2010
Citation: Olvera, N., Scherer, R., Mcleod, J., Graham, M., Knox, B., Hall, K., Butte, N.F., Bush, J.A., Smith, D.W., Bloom, J. 2010. BOUNCE: An exploratory healthy lifestyle summer intervention for girls. American Journal of Health Behavior. 34(2):144-155.

Interpretive Summary: The purpose of this study was to test if a healthy lifestyle summer program called BOUNCE (Behavior Opportunities Uniting Nutrition Counseling and Exercise), improves physical fitness and physical activity in preadolescent minority girls. We anticipated that minority girls would demonstrate a decrease in body weight, BMI, body fat percentage, and waist circumference, and an increase in the number of laps completed during the 20-Meter Endurance Shuttle Run Test, and minutes engaged in moderate-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) after completion of the program. The intervention resulted in significant changes in girls’ weight, BMI, waist circumference, and fitness and activity. The BOUNCE family-based intervention was effective in promoting fitness and activity in minority girls.

Technical Abstract: Our objective was to assess the efficacy of the Behavior Opportunities Uniting Nutrition Counseling (BOUNCE) parent-daughter intervention in promoting selected physical fitness measures and activity. Thirty-seven Latino and African American parent-daughter pairs participated in the study. The intervention entailed physical activities, nutrition classes, and self-esteem activities. Child's height, weight, waist circumference, body fat %, blood pressure, physical fitness, and activity were assessed pre- and postintervention. A repeated-measures ANOVA yielded significant results [F(4,26) = 793.003, P < 0.001]. Post hoc analyses demonstrated significant (P < 0.05) changes in BMI, waist circumference, physical fitness, and activity. The BOUNCE intervention was effective in promoting fitness and activity in minority girls.

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