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VERB™ Summer Scorecard: Findings from a Multi-Level Community-Based Physical Activity Intervention for Tweens
American Journal of Community Psychology (2009)
  • Rita D. DeBate, University of South Florida
  • Julie A. Baldwin, University of South Florida
  • Zachary Thompson, University of South Florida
  • Jen Nickelson, University of South Florida
  • Moya L. Alfonso, Georgia Southern University
  • Carol A. Bryant, University of South Florida
  • Leah M. Phillips, University of South Florida
  • Robert J. McDermott, University of South Florida
The benefits of physical activity for adolescents are well established. Multi-level interventions may be especially effective in establishing and sustaining health-enhancing behaviors. This study explored the influences of a multi-level community intervention aimed at increasing physical activity among tweens (youth 9–13). Two Florida school districts far apart served as intervention and comparison sites in a quasi-experimental post-test design. Youth in grades 5 through 8 in the intervention community (n = 1,253) and comparison community (n = 866) completed an anonymous post-intervention survey. An intent-to-treat analysis did not show any statistically significant group differences for the physical activity outcomes examined. However, a subset analysis revealed that students who reported participating in the intervention were more likely to be physically active than youth in the comparison group, as well as youth in the intervention community who reported not participating. Participating in the intervention was significantly related to meeting recommendations for vigorous physical activity (OR = 2.08, P = 0.0259), being physically active on weekends (OR = 1.84, P = 0.0017), and reporting more days of trying a new game or sport (OR = 1.49,P = 0.046) after controlling for grade, gender, race/ethnicity, and SES. These findings support the efficacy of multi-level interventions to create effective health behavior change, especially when linkages among community, media, schools, and the home are present
  • Physical activity,
  • Adolescents,
  • Multi-level interventions
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Rita D. DeBate, Julie A. Baldwin, Zachary Thompson, Jen Nickelson, et al.. "VERB™ Summer Scorecard: Findings from a Multi-Level Community-Based Physical Activity Intervention for Tweens" American Journal of Community Psychology (2009)
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