Online Program

Examining The Relationship Between Measured Physical Fitness, Perceived Fitness and Screen Time in Florida Middle School Students

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Elizabeth Stewart, MSPH, BA, Institue of Public Health, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL
Alisa Simon, MPH, Institute of Public Health, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL
Ivette Lopez, PhD, MPH, Institute of Public Health/COPPS, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL
Charlotte Baker, DrPH, MPH, CPH, Institute of Public Health, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, FL
Purpose - Obesity in Florida children has more than doubled over the past thirty years, despite physical education requirements through middle and junior high school. This study is designed to examine the relationship between measured physical fitness, perceived fitness and screen time in middle school students attending a developmental research school at a Historically Black College/University.  Methods - Students in grades 6-8 completed a modified Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) (N=48) and an activity and fitness assessment (N=46). The YRBS measured the following health behavior indicators: unintentional injury and violence, sexual behaviors, alcohol and drug use, tobacco use, dietary behaviors and physical activity. The fitness assessment measured aerobic capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition. Results - Fifty percent of all students reported watching 3-5 hours of television daily and 68% of males reported playing video/computer games for 3-5 hours daily. Most males and females reported being about the right weight, 69% and 60%, respectively, while 22% of females reported being slightly and very overweight, combined compared to 18% of males. Female students performed best in flexibility and muscular endurance, but male students met all fitness assessment physical activity standards. Conclusion – The differences in perceived fitness and measured fitness highlights the need for a comprehensive program for female middle school students addressing physical activity and body image perception.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate the relationship between screen time and measured physical fitness in middle school students. Discuss the need for gender specific physical activity and body image programs.

Keyword(s): School-Based Health, Physical Activity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a doctoral student and served as one of two project coordinators for the pilot study under the supervision of my advisor and another faculty member. My research interests include healthy childhood outcomes.
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.

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