Background: Childhood obesity is a mayor global public health problem which affect disproportionately Hispanic children. Therefore, The Amate, Activate, Cuidate, Comparte [Love Yourself, Activate Yourself, Take Care of Yourself, and Share] model was tested in two schools that have a high rate of overweight (30%) and obesity (26%) in Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Methods: This health education model that includes physical activity, nutrition education and school-lunch was pilot tested in two schools, with an experimental and control group. The curriculum was based in social cognitive theory, positive psychology and pedagogical principles. This health and wellness model was developed and implemented through the synergistic work of Andrews University, the Department of Health, the Department of Education of Tamaulipas, local schools, parents, teachers, and children. The body mass index (BMI), eating habits, and physical activity were assessed before and after the intervention.
Results: The trend in body mass index (BMI) of the children in the experimental group was reversed while BMI in the control group continued climbing.
Conclusion: The program has been effective to change the trend in body mass index (BMI) of the children in the experimental group. The model deserves to be tested in more schools for a longer period of time.
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