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The “Healthy Habits, Healthy Girls” randomized controlled trial for girls: study design, protocol, and baseline results

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Title
The “Healthy Habits, Healthy Girls” randomized controlled trial for girls: study design, protocol, and baseline results
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Cadernos de Saúde Pública, July 2015
DOI 10.1590/0102-311x00136014
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Ana Carolina Barco Leme, Sonia Tucunduva Philippi

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to describe the study design, protocol, and baseline results of the "Healthy Habits, Healthy Girls" program. The intervention is being evaluated through a randomized controlled trial in 10 public schools in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Data on the following variables were collected and assessed at baseline and will be reevaluated at 7 and 12 months: body mass index, waist circumference, dietary intake, nutrition, physical activity, social cognitive mediators, physical activity level, sedentary behaviors, self-rated physical status, and overall self-esteem. According to the baseline results, 32.4% and 23.4% of girls were overweight in the intervention and control groups, respectively, and in both groups a higher percentage failed to meet daily recommendations for moderate and vigorous physical activity and maximum screen time (TV, computer, mobile devices). There were no significant differences between the groups for most of the variables, except age (p = 0.000) and waist circumference (p = 0.014). The study showed a gap in the Brazilian literature on protocols for randomized controlled trials to prevent obesity among youth. The current study may thus be an important initial contribution to the field.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 91 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 5 5%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 2%
Student > Doctoral Student 1 1%
Unknown 83 91%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 3 3%
Sports and Recreations 2 2%
Psychology 1 1%
Medicine and Dentistry 1 1%
Unknown 84 92%