Over 35% of children residing in Durham County are overweight (1), with North Carolina's children ranking eleventh-most obese nation-wide (2). A child's physical activity has been significantly linked to local neighborhood opportunities, however lack of access to safe, supervised places to play has been noted as a barrier in getting children to be active (3).
Duke Children's Healthy Lifestyles Program (HLP) is a referral-based, obesity treatment program offering dietary, activity and behavioral counseling. Based on feedback from the families in the HLP and on a needs assessment survey we have identified a need for an activity program for obese children aged 5-12 years - Active KIDS.
Active KIDS will accomplish two specific aims. First, we will design an evidence- based exercise program for obese children aged 5-12 years which will be age-appropriate and focus on active play. This includes designing a manual of active play which could be replicated in other settings. Active KIDS will primarily recruit from the HLP. Secondly, we will create an online You-Tube orientation for volunteers and participants.
1 Trust for America 2010
2 NC-NPASS, 2008
3“Recommendations for prevention of childhood obesity”, Davis MM, Gance-Cleveland B, Hassink S, Johnson R, Paradis G, Resnicow K. Pediatrics. 2007 Dec;120 Suppl 4:S229-53.