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An Intervention Targeting Fruit and Vegetable Intake Among Rural Youth

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 9, 2011
Last Update Posted : February 29, 2016
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Virginia Commonwealth University

Brief Summary:
The investigators implemented a theory-based randomized controlled trial in ten rural Virginia middle schools in 2008-2010 and assessed the impact on health behaviors including fruit/vegetable intake as a primary outcome. Schools were randomized to intervention or control groups. Goal setting, peer leaders, and in-class workshops were intervention features. Seventh graders filled out surveys on health behaviors, psycho-social variables, and demographic characteristics. The investigators expected schools receiving the intervention to report a higher fruit-vegetable intake compared to control schools where students received standard health information. Sample (n=1,119) was 48.5% female, 50% White, with a mean age of 12.6 years. Fruit/vegetable intake was significantly higher in intervention schools at immediate post and at 1-year follow-up compared to controls.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Imbalance of Constituents of Food Intake Behavioral: Fruit and vegetable intake in rural youth Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 1119 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Fruit and Vegetable Intake Among Rural Youth Following a School-based Randomized Controlled Trial
Study Start Date : September 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : November 2010

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Fruit and Vegetable Intake Behavioral Intervention
measure fruit and vegetable intake in rural youth based on specific behavioral intervention.
Behavioral: Fruit and vegetable intake in rural youth
A theory based health behavior intervention, developed for youth is presented to seventh grade youth over 8 weeks to test their improvement in their intake of fruits and vegetables.

No Intervention: Control Group
control group received the standard health information

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Fruit and vegetable intake [ Time Frame: Up to one year ]
    We surveyed students on fruit/vegetable intake at baseline, immediate post intervention and 1 year follow-up

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Confidence to increase fruit and vegetable intake [ Time Frame: Up to one year ]
    We surveyed students on their confidence in increasing their daily servings of fruit and vegetalbes.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 7 grade youth
  • attending participating middle schools

Exclusion Criteria:

  • In grades other than 7th grade

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01412697

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United States, Virginia
Nottoway Middle School
Nottoway, Virginia, United States
Sponsors and Collaborators
Virginia Commonwealth University
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Principal Investigator: Steven Danish, PhD Virginia Commonwealth University

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Responsible Party: Virginia Commonwealth University Identifier: NCT01412697     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: #8520369
First Posted: August 9, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 29, 2016
Last Verified: February 2016
Keywords provided by Virginia Commonwealth University:
Rural youth
Theory-based intervention
Randomized by schools
Fruit and vegetable intake
Health classes