235772 Benefits of Yoga for Middle School Students

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 8:45 AM

Brandon Eggleston, PhD MPH CHES RYT , Health Services Program, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN
A growing number of adolescents have multiple health issues develop at a younger and younger age which include depression, anxiety, obesity, type-2 diabetes, attention-deficit disorders, and other conditions. This study involved teaching yoga to middle school students(7th grade) two times a week for nine months (entire academic school year) to 20 students. Results were compared with 20 other students from the same school in the same grade who acted as a control group. Measures included resting heart rate, blood pressure, height, weight, well-being, and flexibility measures. Results showed significant improvements in all mental health items, blood pressure, and weight for the yoga group versus the control group. Overall yoga seemed to have a very strong effect on the health of middle school students and helped students address many of the growing health issues that children face as they go through adolescence. Future study should replicate this program by tracking students for multiple years to examine long term effects of yoga on adolescents and increase the size of the sample for this intervention.

Learning Areas:
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Define a kids yoga program. List the benefits of yoga for middle school students (adolescents). Discuss middle school students' perceptions of yoga. Identify the challenges of teaching yoga to middle school students (adolescents).

Keywords: Children and Adolescents, Child Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an Assistant Professor who teaches public health/health promotion; certified health education specialist; and registered yoga teacher.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.