Changes in physical activity and sedentary behavior in a randomized trial of an internet-based versus workbook-based family intervention study

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  • Background: The America on the Move (AOM) Family Intervention Program has been shown to prevent excess weight gain in overweight children. Providing intervention materials via the internet would have the potential to reach more families but may increase sedentary behavior. The purpose was to evaluate whether delivering the AOM Family Intervention via the internet versus printed workbook would have a similar impact on sedentary behaviors in children. Methods: 131 children (age 8-12) were randomized to receive the AOM Family Intervention via the internet or workbook for 12 weeks. Changes in objectively measured sedentary time and moderate-to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) as well as self-reported screen time were compared between groups. Results: There were no significant differences between groups in screen time, sedentary time, or MVPA at the end of the 12 week intervention. Families receiving the intervention via the internet were more likely to remain in the study (98% vs. 82%, P = .016). Conclusions: Using the internet to deliver the lifestyle intervention did not increase sedentary behavior in children. Attrition rates were lower when the program was delivered by internet versus via printed materials. These results provide support for using the internet to deliver healthy lifestyle programs for children. © 2014 Human Kinetics, Inc..
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 26951332
  • Author List

  • Catenacci V; Barrett C; Odgen L; Browning R; Adele Schaefer C; Hill J; Wyatt H
  • Start Page

  • 348
  • End Page

  • 358
  • Volume

  • 11
  • Issue

  • 2