Park-based obesity intervention program for inner-city minority children

J Pediatr. 2007 Nov;151(5):513-7, 517.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2007.04.008. Epub 2007 Aug 24.


Objective: To assess an intervention strategy--a 6-week obesity intervention program, Project KidFIT, at 3 Houston, Texas park centers--to address the obesity epidemic in minority children.

Study design: Project KidFIT is a physical fitness and nutrition education program aimed at promoting the benefits of physical activity and improving nutrition knowledge in overweight (body mass index [BMI] > or = 95th percentile) minority children.

Results: A total of 120 minority children (77 boys and 43 girls; mean age, 10.1 years) were enrolled in the program. Approximately 71% of these children were at risk of overweight (BMI > or = 85th percentile), and 54% were overweight. Decreases in body weight (0.3 +/- 0.2 kg [mean +/- standard error]) and BMI (0.1 +/- 0.1 kg/m2) were detected in the overweight children, whereas increases in body weight (0.4 +/- 0.1 kg) and BMI (0.2 +/- 0.1 kg/m2) were observed in the children with normal body weight (BMI < 85th percentile but > 5th percentile). Significant improvements (P < .05) in flexibility, muscular endurance, and muscular strength were detected in all children, regardless of weight status.

Conclusions: The findings suggest that the city park-based KidFIT program might be effective at promoting stabilization for body weight and BMI and improving physical activity performance and nutrition knowledge in overweight minority children.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Community Health Services
  • Diet*
  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Health Education
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Minority Groups
  • Muscle Strength
  • Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Physical Endurance
  • Program Evaluation
  • Texas
  • Urban Health Services*
  • Urban Population