To evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of an after-school team sports program for reducing weight gain in low-income overweight children.
Six-month, 2-arm, parallel-group, pilot randomized controlled trial.
Low-income, racial/ethnic minority community.
Twenty-one children in grades 4 and 5 with a body mass index at or above the 85th percentile.
The treatment intervention consisted of an after-school soccer program. The “active placebo” control intervention consisted of an after-school health education program.
Main Outcome Measures
Implementation, acceptability, body mass index, physical activity measured using accelerometers, reported television and other screen time, self-esteem, depressive symptoms, and weight concerns.
All 21 children completed the study. Compared with children receiving health education, children in the soccer group had significant decreases in body mass index z scores at 3 and 6 months and significant increases in total daily, moderate, and vigorous physical activity at 3 months.
An after-school team soccer program for overweight children can be a feasible, acceptable, and efficacious intervention for weight control.
clinicaltrials.gov Identifier: NCT00186173