246193 Pilot Test of Fuel for Learning: A Classroom-Based Childhood Obesity and Stress Prevention Program

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 12:48 PM

Gail L. Kaye, PhD, LPCC, RD, LD , Health Behavior and Health Promotion, The Ohio State University, College of Public Health, Columbus, OH
Maryanna Klatt, PhD , Department of Family Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
INTRODUCTION: Obesity prevention behaviors have been identified; however, accessing avenues for teaching children these behaviors is challenging. Classroom curricula are packed with activities to meet educational standards; little time remains for additional content. To gain classroom access, programming must be pragmatic, supporting educational standards. FUEL FOR LEARNING (FFL) is a theory based 8 week DVD obesity/stress prevention curriculum that supports 3rd grade educational standards in Ohio. Nutrition, movement and stress prevention content and activities are presented on a DVD; classroom teachers are program facilitators. Parent newsletters promote practical applications at home. AIM: To evaluate the effectiveness of FFL on 3rd grade children (primary) and their parents/caregivers and teachers (secondary). METHODS: A quasi-experimental non-equivalent wait list control group design is being used to conduct this study. Participants include children from six third grade classrooms (n = 82, treatment; n= 80 control) in Columbus, Ohio; parent/caregiver of a participating child (n = 50, treatment; n= 51, control); classroom teachers (n = 3 treatment, n = 3 control). Trained teachers implement the 8 week program. Pre/post tests were administered to evaluate changes in Dietary Behaviors and Levels of Stress for children, parents and teachers. Post testing will occur after completion of FFL. RESULTS: Changes in dietary behaviors and levels of stress will be evaluated for children, parents and teachers. Changes in behavioral capabilities, self-efficacy and stages of change will be evaluated for teachers and children. Changes in children's classroom behaviors (as reported by children and their teachers) will also be evaluated.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
List obesity prevention behaviors as described by the Expert Committee Guidelines Name 5 key educational standards (Ohio Board of Education) supported by Fuel for Learning Identify how alignment of program activities with educational standards supports program adoption and sustainability Describe the theoretical foundation for Fuel For Learning Identify how FFL activities are designed to promote behavior change Discuss the impact of FFL on: dietary behaviors and levels of stress for children, parents and teachers; behavioral capabilities, self-efficacy and stages of change for teachers and children; children’s classroom behaviors

Keywords: School-Based Programs, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a co-designer of the program and have extensive experience in program development, delivery and research. I have many years of experience in community based research and also have a patent on a weight management program.
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.