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VERB Summer Scorecard: Increasing Physical Activity Among Female Adolescents
Presented at 139th Annual American Public Health Association Conference (2011)
  • Moya L. Alfonso, Georgia Southern University
  • Zachary Thompson, University of South Florida
  • Jenna L. Davis, University of South Florida
  • Carol A. Byrant, University of South Florida
  • Anita H. Courtney, University of South Florida
  • Jeffery A. Jones, University of Kentucky
  • Robert J. McDermott, University of South Florida
Abstract
Introduction: Females are at greater risk of inadequate physical activity levels. Community-based physical activity interventions, such as VERBTM Summer Scorecard, may be capable of increasing physical activity levels among females. The purpose of this study was to examine how changes across time in female's physical activity levels can be accounted by VERBTM Summer Scorecard. Methods: Survey data gathered from females in 2004, 2006, and 2007 were used to examine trends in physical activity across time and potential intervention effects on female physical activity. Cumulative logit models were employed to analyze the trend of physical activity in three groups of females: participants (i.e., those who completed a Scorecard), refusers (i.e., those who received a Scorecard but did not complete it), and the reference groups (i.e., those who had never heard of program). Results: Results demonstrated that intervention effects increased over time among females. In 2004, female participants had higher activity levels then the reference group. In 2006, the only increase is in the no exercise category to the low category. In 2007, there is an increase of every activity level in the female participants group compared to the reference students. Conclusions: This study illustrates how VERB Summer Scorecard, a community-based intervention, accounts for the trend in females' physical activity levels from the years 2004, 2006, and 2007. The results indicate VSS was a success in increasing the PA levels in girls who participated over time. This information illustrates how interventions executed long-term can result in more favorable outcomes overall. Learning Areas: Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice; Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs; Public health or related research; Social and behavioral sciences. Learning Objectives: Describe a promising community-based intervention capable of increasing physical activity among female adolescents. Identify a method for assessing change across time in physical activity. Discuss evaluation strategies appropriate for community based interventions.
Keywords
  • Adolescents,
  • Physical activity
Publication Date
October 31, 2011
Citation Information
Moya L. Alfonso, Zachary Thompson, Jenna L. Davis, Carol A. Byrant, et al.. "VERB Summer Scorecard: Increasing Physical Activity Among Female Adolescents" Presented at 139th Annual American Public Health Association Conference (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/moya_alfonso/75/