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Video: Teen Girls Less Active, but Triple Play Program Bucks Trend
Date:9/16/2009

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- While research shows many American children become more sedentary in adolescence, a nationwide program - Triple Play - is reversing the trend by motivating them to be more physically active, according to a report released today.

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The Triple Play program was launched in 2005 by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services with support from The Coca-Cola Company and Kraft Foods Inc.

Youth Development Strategies, Inc. (YDSI) conducted a study of 2,242 Boys & Girls Club members, ages 9-14, to assess the program's impact. Findings showed that girls taking part in Triple Play became significantly more active, increasing their daily physical activity by nearly 7 minutes while girls outside the program decreased by more than 8 minutes - the weekly difference growing to nearly two hours more activity for Triple Play girls. On average, Triple Play participants moved closer to the recommended daily amount of activity for children (60 minutes each day) while the control group moved farther away. The Triple Play group increased to 90 percent of the recommended amount while peers outside the program decreased to 78 percent.

"Even a few minutes of extra activity each day can add up over time to a healthier weight and establish a pattern of behavior that continues into adulthood," said Steven Blair, PED, FACSM, professor in the Departments of Exercise Science and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina.

Triple Play's success in keeping children active is significant at a time when research shows activity typically slows f
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