Determinants of physical activity of middle-school overweight girls: The effects of a wellness program
The purpose of this study was two-fold. The first intent was to gain an understanding of the factors that influence physical activity participation for middle school girls who are overweight. Secondly, the researcher wanted to examine the effects of a recreation center's wellness program on the overall physical activity levels and on the determinants of physical activity participation of overweight girls. A mixed-methods design was used to gather data prior to and after participating in a recreation center's wellness program through administration of a modified Previous-Day Physical Activity Recall, focus groups, and reflective journals. The participants were ages 11-13 with a BMI greater than the 85th percentile, and were all enrolled in a wellness program at a recreation center in North Carolina. At the start of the program the girls experienced a wide range of barriers to physical activity and, at the completion of the program, significant barriers still existed that were obstacles to participation in physical activity.
0573: Public health