Obesity : A Better Snack And Act

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Obesity continues to negatively affect developed countries. According to the report, the main reason for obesity is the ease of food availability in these countries. The Iowa Department of Public Health plans on improving the health of children though BASICS (Building and Strengthening Iowa Community Support for Nutrition and Physical Activity Program). The key improvements BASICS focused on were the substitution of unhealthy snacks with fruits and vegetables, eating fat-free or calcium rich products, and for the children to be physically active. The program provided 20,000 students with low-income nutrition classes. The programs campaign “Pick a better snack & Act,” the campaign used by BASICS to encourage the
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Description of Research Methods The study included 283 third-grade students and their parents. All the children were participating in the BASICS program. The program used lesson that were based on "Pick a better snack & Act" campaign. The study called for the parents and children to complete an evaluation before and after the program. On average the parents were 30 years old. The groups sampled were selected randomly from school participating in the program. The evaluation judged the program in several categories. The categories included recognition of healthy lifestyles and the changes in the parents and children’s behavior. The surveys were given to the parents and the children in similar ways. Both were given in a bipolar scaling method called Likert. The children were asked for their gender. Then, the children were given questions related to their behaviors. The questions had answers such as “almost never,” “sometimes,” and "almost always," or "not sure," "sure," and "very sure." The parents were ask about their gender and age and if their children were eligible for free or reduced lunch. Their surveys differed from the children’s due to the fact that they were given five-point answers. The answers ranged from “never” to “always”. The questions were answered based on how the parents supported the new, healthier behaviors and if their children carried out the behaviors. Children were asked questions pertaining milk consumption, buy fruits or vegetables and
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