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Turn up the HEAT - Healthy Eating and Activity Time in Summer Day Camps (HEPA)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02161809
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 12, 2014
Last Update Posted : November 18, 2020
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Michael Beets, University of South Carolina

Brief Summary:

The investigators long-term goal is to increase the number of Summer Day Camps (SDC) that meet the National Afterschool Association Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards. The objective is to evaluate the effectiveness of a multi-component intervention designed to increase children's PA levels and improve the quality of lunches and snacks children consume in SDCs. The HEPA intervention is designed to target children, parents, staff, program leaders, and the SDC environment and uses a train-the-trainer model with SDC leaders to train their staff to deliver and integrate the intervention into routine practice. In the proposed study, the investigators will evaluate these HEPA strategies, using a 4-year randomized controlled trial with 20 SDCs. An important feature of the study will be the evaluation of maintenance of the intervention after the removal of research support (e.g., training, boosters) during the final year, as well as costs associated with implementation.

The investigators hypothesize that intervention SDCs will achieve significantly greater increases in HEPA, compared to control SDCs. The investigators expect the study to support the cost-effectiveness and maintenance of our strategies for promoting HEPA that will facilitate SDCs meeting newly-established HEPA standards for this setting.


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Childhood Obesity Behavioral: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

The investigators aim to:

Evaluate the impact of the HEPA interventions on: 1.) The proportion of children meeting the PA Standard (i.e., ≥60min MVPA/d) while attending summer day camp; 2.) The proportion of foods (e.g., fruit, vegetable, water) children and staff bring and consume at the summer day camp that meet the HE Standards; and 3/) Changes in children's age-sex specific BMI percentile from the start to end of summer

Evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the HEPA intervention

Evaluate the maintenance of the HEPA intervention in summer day camps

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 1000 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: Turn up the HEAT - Healthy Eating and Activity Time in Summer Day Camps
Study Start Date : January 2015
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2018
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2018

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Physical Activity Intervention
This arm (10 summer day camps) will receive the Physical Activity intervention the first year and both healthy eating and physical activity the second and thrid years.
Behavioral: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
The Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) intervention aims to increase the quality of foods and beverages and physical activity opportunities in summer day camps. Through staff-level training, physical activity opportunities are modified to provide children with a substantial amount of meaningful physical activity. Through working with foods service providers, changes to the types of foods and beverages served will be made.
Other Name: HEPA

Healthy EAting Intervention
This arm (10 summer day camps) will receive the Healthy Eating intervention the first year and both healthy eating and physical activity the second and thrid years.
Behavioral: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
The Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) intervention aims to increase the quality of foods and beverages and physical activity opportunities in summer day camps. Through staff-level training, physical activity opportunities are modified to provide children with a substantial amount of meaningful physical activity. Through working with foods service providers, changes to the types of foods and beverages served will be made.
Other Name: HEPA




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Changes in percentage of children meeting 60min of MVPA [ Time Frame: Year 1 - Year 4 ]
    Changes in percentage of children at each summer day camp that meet the National Afterschool Alliance Standard of 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in percentage of children bringing/consuming healthy foods/beverages [ Time Frame: Year 1 - Year 4 ]
    Trained observers will record the foods/beverages brought/consumed at SDC - snacks and lunches



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Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 14 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Summer Day camps will be eligible if:
  • They operate for at least 10 weeks during the summer
  • They do not have any primary focus such as sports, art, or tutoring (must be a general camp)
  • Enrollment is at least 40 campers
  • Operation hours are at least 8 hours.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Children will be unable to wear an activity monitor if experience any physical and/or orthopedic impairment that limits the child's ability to participate in regular PA (e.g., wheelchair user)

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Locations
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United States, South Carolina
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina, United States, 29201
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of South Carolina
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Michael W Beets, PhD University of South Carolina
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Michael Beets, Principal Investigator, University of South Carolina
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02161809    
Other Study ID Numbers: Pro00032881
First Posted: June 12, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 18, 2020
Last Verified: November 2020
Keywords provided by Michael Beets, University of South Carolina:
MVPA
Healthy Eating
children
childhood obesity
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Pediatric Obesity
Obesity
Overnutrition
Nutrition Disorders
Overweight
Body Weight