Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education


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Poster presented at College of Education and Human Sciences Student Research Conference, November 9, 2013.


Copyright (c) 2013 Elisha Hall, Julie Albrecht, Weiwen Chai, Alyssa Vierregger, Johnna Hall, & Wanda Koszewski,


Background: Childhood obesity has increased over the past two decades, causing numerous complications. Currently, there is no required standardized curriculum for nutrition/physical activity in the United States. The objective of the current study is to examine the effects of a three-week, social cognitive theory-based nutrition/physical activity curricula on changes of behaviors among 5th grade students.

Methods: This study will be conducted in Lincoln Public Schools, involving three phases:
Phase 1: A Social Cognitive Theory based survey measuring behavior change, knowledge, self-efficacy, and environment will be developed and validated using eight nutrition experts. The survey will be pilot tested with a fifth grade class from a Lincoln parochial school never exposed to the curricula.
Phase 2: The validated and tested surveys will be distributed in four Title I (intervention) and four non-Title I (control) schools that have been randomly selected (sample size ~ 800-1000 fifth grade students). Surveys will be analyzed using SPSS and results will be used to assess the current curricula and recommend changes for Phase 3.
Phase 3: The current curricula will be modified or new curricula will be developed and then piloted. Implications: Survey results would identify if the current nutrition/physical activity curricula is effective for positive behavior change. In addition, areas to improve the curricula will be identified to enhance positive nutrition and physical activity education and behavior change.