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A Feasibility Study of a Fit Kit School-Based Intervention to Improve the Health of Students and Their Families

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Heart Institute, Cincinnati Children’s, Cincinnati, OH 45229, USA
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Cincinnati Public Schools, Roberts Academy: A Paideia Learning Community, Cincinnati, OH 45215, USA
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FarmChef, LLC, Cooking for the Family Program, Cincinnati, OH 45215, USA
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College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45229, USA
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Received: 24 December 2019 / Revised: 26 January 2020 / Accepted: 1 February 2020 / Published: 5 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Childhood Obesity: New Knowledge, Cases and Interventions)
Roberts Academy is an urban elementary school consisting of primarily Hispanic students from lower socioeconomic homes. We were unable to provide weight management and healthy lifestyle counseling for many of the families that were referred to our obesity program, and more broadly were missing the at-risk families. The purpose of the Fit Kit intervention was to improve the health behaviors of the entire family at home and to reduce barriers through this comprehensive treatment and prevention approach. A Fit Kit included a shelf-stable, low-cost, healthy meal for a family of four, a portioned plate, and a soccer beach ball. Families also received monthly educational materials, healthy meal recipes, information about community food and exercise resources, and were invited to attend a culturally adapted cooking experience. No significant differences were seen between pre- and post-intervention survey questions. Post-Fit-Kit surveys showed that the majority of families prepared and liked the meal, found the recipes helpful, and used the portioned plate supplied with the kit. Overall, we conclude this is a feasible method for distributing tangible educational tools to families, but need more information about how it impacts food selection and purchasing behaviors of those families. While the Fit Kit proved to be feasible and acceptable in this test of concept, future studies are needed to further evaluate its impact in a more rigorous scientific manner. View Full-Text
Keywords: obesity; elementary school; healthy eating obesity; elementary school; healthy eating
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Williams, J.M.; Power, T.; Stoneham, J.; DeGreg, N.; Siegel, R.M. A Feasibility Study of a Fit Kit School-Based Intervention to Improve the Health of Students and Their Families. Reports 2020, 3, 4.

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