Childhood obesity is a public health epidemic that has been increasing at alarming rates in the U.S. Approximately one-third of children and adolescents in the U.S. are obese or overweight. Childhood obesity disproportionately affects children of ethnic minorities and low-income populations.
Boys & Girls Club of Rochester (BGCR) serves over 1,600 children each year. Close to two-thirds are children of color, and a majority live in low-income homes. BGCR offers youth development programs and services in several core areas including Health and Life Skills, which focus on physical activity and nutrition.
Club Fit is a program aimed at preventing obesity among BGCR members. There are multiple phases to this project. The first, or formative phase, has been completed. The aim of the formative phase was to review existing physical activity and nutrition programming, and define opportunities to enhance these programs at BGCR. During this phase, researchers conducted focus groups, surveys, and physical measures to assess perceived barriers, facilitators, and opportunities for improvement to sustaining healthful physical activity and nutrition behaviors among BGCR members.
Results derived from the formative phase were used to guide the development of a physical activity and nutrition intervention, to be administered as part of regular programming at BGCR. The current phase began in Fall, 2015, and entails BGCR staff administering the intervention, while researchers conduct pre-post assessments among Club members, in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention.
Formative and intervention development phase complete. Intervention implantation began Fall, 2015.
Mayo Clinic: Office of Health Disparities Research, Mayo Clinic Division of Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic Department of Pediatrics
Boys & Girls Club of Rochester
Winona State University