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Date:4/6/2011

od Obesity launched its national action plan to address childhood obesity. The action plan at the center of this UC research project encouraged elementary school children to create their own comic books with healthy messages in mind. Students were inspired to think of real and fictional characters as they developed their stories, plus, they were challenged to blend the following four healthy behaviors into their creations as well as their lifestyles:

  • Participate in at least one hour of daily physical activity.
  • Consume five daily servings of fruits and vegetables.
  • Consume sugar-free drinks and water.
  • Participate in no more than two hours of screen time per day that counts TV, the Internet and video games.

Branscum tested the program with third, fourth and fifth-grade students enrolled in 10 Columbus, Ohio, area after-school programs. Research on the success of the program is still underway with preliminary results expected later this spring.

The project was supported by a $1,000 grant from the national UnitedHealth HEROES service-learning grant program under the UnitedHealth Group and Youth Service America. The program awards grants to youth to create and implement programs to battle childhood obesity. The project was also awarded a faculty mentoring grant from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH).

Do University Students Know the Warning Signs, Risk Factors and Appropriate Intervention Steps to Address Disordered Eating Among Peers?

Researchers: Ashlee Hoffman (presenter), UC doctoral student; Keith King, UC professor of health promotion and education, CECH; Rebecca Vidourek, assistant professor, human services, CECH.

Summary:

Adolescents and young adults are the prime demographic to show early symptoms of developing or struggling with an eating disorder. It's also a demographic group that forms strong confidences and connections
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Contact: Dawn Fuller
dawn.fuller@uc.edu
513-556-1823
University of Cincinnati
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