GROW Healthy Kids & Communities teamed up and helped rural Oregon elementary schools measure height, weight, and physical activity. This document graphically displays current (2014) weight status and average amount of physical activity performed amongst rural Oregon elementary students, compared to national daily physical activity recommendations for kids.
During Summer 2014, enrolled GROW families had the opportunity to participate in a physical activity survey. After wearing an accelerometer for seven days, we collected the devices and then shared a physical activity summary with each participant. This document is an example summary we generated for each family member who took part in the survey.
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HEAL MAPPS™ Toolkit Manual - Preview (PDF)
GROW Healthy Kids & Communities
The purpose of this manual is to introduce the Healthy Eating Active Living: Mapping Attributes using Participatory Photographic Surveys (HEAL MAPPS™) program, and to train users to apply the HEAL MAPPS™ process and tools collaboratively with community‐based research partners. This manual is a step‐by‐step resource intended to guide you through the entire process, from planning to execution to dissemination of findings.
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Assessing Family Level Behaviors for Obesity Prevention: Development and Preliminary Validation of the Family Stage of Change Tool (PDF)
Journal of Human Sciences and Extension
We applied the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) to develop the Family Stage of Change (FSOC) screening tool. Our goal was to provide practitioners an instrument that measures families’ readiness to change obesity preventing behaviors, in order to optimize family-focused obesity-prevention intervention strategies. We evaluated instrument validity by comparing responses on the FSOC to related items on a validated family behavioral and environmental assessment (Family Nutrition and Physical Activity Assessment; FNPA) shown to predict child BMI.
Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Learning Behaviors (PDF)
Health Behavior & Policy Review
Children with more favorable family nutrition and activity factors displayed more positive learning behaviors. Schools and families can promote practices and policies that support behaviors associated with lower risk for overweight to enhance children’s educational outcomes.
Physical Activity Levels and Obesity Status of Oregon Rural Elementary School Children (PDF)
Preventive Medicine Reports
Children are not meeting minimum MVPA recommendations (60 min/d) at school. Efforts to promote PA for obesity prevention in rural elementary schools should focus on increasing opportunities for MVPA.