Scouting Nutrition and Activity Program (SNAP)

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Sunflower Foundation
Information provided by:
Kansas State University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00949637
First received: July 21, 2009
Last updated: July 29, 2009
Last verified: July 2009
  Purpose

The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention designed to prevent obesity by improving the environmental characteristics of Girl Scouts troop meetings.


Condition Intervention
Obesity
Behavioral: Scouting Nutrition and Activity Program
Behavioral: Standard-care attentional control

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: A Site-Randomized Controlled Trial for Health Promotion in Girl Scouts: Healthier Troops in a SNAP

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Further study details as provided by Kansas State University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Body mass index percentile ranking [ Time Frame: 5 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Obesity-related behaviors [ Time Frame: 5 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Troop environmental encouragement and opportunities for healthful eating and physical activity [ Time Frame: continuous ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 76
Study Start Date: October 2007
Study Completion Date: May 2008
Primary Completion Date: May 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Scouting curricular implementation
Intervention group will receive a curriculum based on social cognitive theory, wherein children will be taught skills in a supportive environment to improve their self efficacy and proxy efficacy toward eating healthful meals and being physically active with a parent. Troop leaders and parents will provide support, and help girls to create healthy opportunities in the home environment. Simultaneously, girls will be taught skills to improve the family mealtime environment, to bolster asking skills toward healthy behavior, to self-monitor healthy behavior, and to set goals for healthy behavior.
Behavioral: Scouting Nutrition and Activity Program
Intervention group will receive a curriculum based on social cognitive theory, wherein children will be taught skills in a supportive environment to improve their self efficacy and proxy efficacy toward eating healthful meals and being physically active with a parent. Troop leaders and parents will provide support, and help girls to create healthy opportunities in the home environment. Simultaneously, girls will be taught skills to improve the family mealtime environment, to bolster asking skills toward healthy behavior, to self-monitor healthy behavior, and to set goals for healthy behavior.
Other Name: SNAP
Active Comparator: Standard-care attentional control
Control troops complete usual troop meeting activities. Control troops receive equal observation time, equal pretest and posttest assessment, and equal study scrutiny.
Behavioral: Standard-care attentional control
Control troops complete usual troop meeting activities. Control troops receive equal observation time, equal pretest and posttest assessment, and equal study scrutiny.
Other Name: Control

Detailed Description:

Girls and parents affiliated with Girl Scouts Juniors programs completed a questionnaire prior to the beginning of an intervention program, and again after the program. Children responded to previously validated questionnaire items assessing demographics, parent-child connectedness, parent-child physical activity, screen time usage, family meal-time environment, consumption of fruits and vegetables, soda, and fast food. Parents completed a similar questionnaire, assessing demographics, parent-child connectedness, parent-child physical activity, family mealtime environment, parenting style and parenting practices. Children were also assessed on height and weight to characterize their risk for overweight status. Questionnaires and environmental observations were used to assess the effectiveness of an intervention designed to improve the family meal-time environment at home, as well as helping to assess the relationships between parental factors and family health-related behavior.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years to 12 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Girls had to be attending members of Girl Scouts in one of our included troops.
  • The troop needed to be a registered Girl Scouts Juniors troop, consisting of girls primarily in the 4th and 5th grades.
  • To be officially registered, the troop leaders were required to complete Girl Scout leader training and pass a criminal background check.
  • To be included, the troops also needed to meet at least twice per month, have meeting facilities capable of allowing physical activity and food preparation.
  • Also, troops needed to have initial agreement of leaders and parents for the troop to participate in a research study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • An inability to speak or read English.
  • Troops not primarily composed of Girl Scouts Juniors, not regularly meeting during the study period, or not having leader and parental consensus approval for troop participation.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00949637

Locations
United States, Kansas
Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas, United States, 66506
Sponsors and Collaborators
Kansas State University
Sunflower Foundation
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Richard R. Rosenkranz, PhD Kansas State University
  More Information

No publications provided by Kansas State University

Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: David Dzewaltowski/Head of Kinesiology, Kansas State University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00949637     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SF SNAP y1
Study First Received: July 21, 2009
Last Updated: July 29, 2009
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Kansas State University:
obesity prevention
girl scouts
physical activity
family meals
fruits and vegetables
health promotion

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Obesity
Overnutrition
Nutrition Disorders
Overweight
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 20, 2014