Use of a Web-based component of a nutrition and physical activity behavioral intervention with Girl Scouts

J Am Diet Assoc. 2005 Sep;105(9):1447-50. doi: 10.1016/j.jada.2005.06.027.

Abstract

This study describes the development and usage of a Web-based component of a nutrition and physical activity behavioral intervention to promote bone health among preadolescent girls. Thirty Girl Scout troops were randomized to either an intervention or control group for a 2-year period. Girls in the intervention troops (aged 10 to 12 years, N=194) were exposed to grade-specific Web sites that were developed to reinforce the content of the broader, face-to-face intervention. In 5th grade, 82% of the girls logged on once and 48% logged on more than once, compared to 56% and 23% of 6th graders, respectively. Results suggest that although Web-site usage decreased over time, a Web-site program may be useful as a component of a face-to-face, multicomponent intervention. More research is needed to determine ways to enhance and maintain Web-site use over time among youth in health-behavior intervention programs.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Calcium, Dietary / administration & dosage
  • Child
  • Cohort Studies
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Female
  • Health Education*
  • Health Promotion / methods
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Nutritional Sciences / education*
  • Osteoporosis / prevention & control*
  • Weight-Bearing / physiology

Substances

  • Calcium, Dietary