Effect of a school-based intervention program on physical fitness of Chinese children with obesity: The Fun-and-fit project

Stanley Sai-chuen Hui, Wing Chung Lau, Gary Wing-kin Wong, Pak Y. Yuen, Christopher Wai-kei Lam

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Abstract

To evaluate the training effects of a school-based intervention program in obese Chinese children with respect to fat reduction and fitness improvement. A total of 183 obese Chinese children (mean age=9.63 yrs ± 1.35 yrs) were randomly assigned into either an intervention group (n=120) or a control group (n=63). A six-month school-based Fun-and-Fit (FAF) program was provided for the intervention group. Both groups received health-related fitness assessments before and after intervention period. Results revealed that the intervention group demonstrated better improvement in body composition (p< .001) and physical fitness measures (p< .001) than the control group. Blood lipid profiles of intervention group also improved significantly (p< .05). The FAF program was considered effective for combating children obesity and may be encouraged in schools as a health promotion strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-11
Number of pages6
JournalICHPER-SD Journal of Research
Volume3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

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