College of Nursing and Health Sciences Professor Laura L. Hayman PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA, Assistant Professors Scott Crouter, PhD, FACSM and Jessica Whiteley, PhD, and graduate student Albert Kim presented the results of the EXCEL study of supervised physical activity at the American Academy of Pediatrics Conference. The four-day conference took place from October 14-18 at Boston’s Convention and Exhibition Center.
The presentation was featured during the special one-day session, Ending Obesity within a Generation, and was titled, “Increasing Physical Activity in Inner City Youth Using Novel Interactive Gaming.” The study was conducted at GoKids Boston in collaboration with Sarah D. de Ferranti, MD, MPH, Sarah Steltz, MPH, and Stavroula Osganian, MD, ScD, MPH from Children’s Hospital Boston. Their research was supported in part by the Harvard Catalyst/The Harvard Clinical & Translational Science Center and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences' Dean’s Research Incentive Grants. Doctor de Ferranti and Laura Hayman serve as co-principal investigators.
The major goals of this pilot study, a randomized controlled trial, were to assess the feasibility of participation in an afterschool physical activity intervention incorporating novel exercise technologies and examine the impact of the intervention on changing children’s levels of physical activity, physical fitness and risk factors for cardiometabolic disease. The intervention incorporated interactive gaming such as Dance Dance Revolution and Nintendo Wii and was conducted three times a week for ten weeks at GoKids Boston; the nutrition education was provided by a registered dietician at the children’s school once a week for ten weeks. The study and GoKids Boston will be included in a special forthcoming CNN program focused on childhood obesity.