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Revista chilena de nutrición

On-line version ISSN 0717-7518

Abstract

KAIN B, Juliana et al. SCHOOL- BASED HEALTH PROMOTION INTERVENTION FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLCHILDREN FROM CASABLANCA, CHILE. Rev. chil. nutr. [online]. 2005, vol.32, n.2, pp.126-132. ISSN 0717-7518.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-75182005000200007.

We designed, implemented during three years (from 2002 to 2004) and evaluated a school-based food/nutrition and physical activity intervention for primary school children from Casablanca, Chile. The general objective was to determine the trend in obesity prevalence during the three years of study of children followed longitudinally. The sample included 1103 children that attended 1st to 6th grade in 2002 in the three existing public primary schools of the city. The most important components of the intervention included the application of a educational program for primary school children developed by FAO/INTA, educational sessions for parents, increase in the number of physical (PE) education classes and a motivational PE program. Results showed that the baseline obesity prevalence was very high and decreased from 21.6% to 12.2% in boys and from 19.4% to 8.7% in girls. This same analysis done by age category at baseline and sex, showed that the prevalence was one third of the initial one in girls aged 8 to 10 years and boys aged 10 to 12 years at baseline. This intervention proved to decrease significantly the obesity prevalence among school children

Keywords : Health promotion; feeding; physical activity; childhood obesity.

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