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Indexed/Abstracted in: Chemical Abstracts, CINAHL, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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Online ISSN 1827-1928
EPIDEMIOLOGY AND CLINICAL MEDICINE
Huberty J. L., Rosenkranz R. R., Balluff M. A., High R.
1 College of Public Health University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE, USA
2 Department of Human Nutrition, Youth Health Behavior Research Lab, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA
3 Douglas County Health Department, Community Health and Nutrition Services, Omaha, NE, USA
4 Department of Biostatistics, College of Public Health, 984375 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, USA
Although the body of research on public-health aspects of after-school programs is growing, little is known with regard to physical fitness levels of attending children. The purpose of this study was to describe the health-related fitness in a community sample (N.=826) of under-served children attending after-school programming. Health-related fitness was assessed via Fitnessgram® and body mass index. In this population, numerous children failed to meet national standards for the push-up (54%), curl-up (24%) and pacer (47%) tests. Many of those failing to meet national standards were unable to perform a single push-up (32%), or curl-up (12%), and over half (51%) of the children were overweight or obese. Significant differences by race/ethnicity, gender, and weight status emerged for some fitness measures. Based on these data, fitness aspects beyond weight status should be considered when designing PA programs for children, especially those in communities of underserved youth.