The impact of an after-school physical activity program on health-related fitness of mother/daughter pairs: CASPIAN study

Kargarfard, Mehdi, Kelishadi, Roya, Ziaee, Vahid, Ardalan, Gelayol, Halabchi, Farzin, Mazaheri, Reza, Poursafa, Parinaz and Hayatbakhsh, Mohammad R. (2012) The impact of an after-school physical activity program on health-related fitness of mother/daughter pairs: CASPIAN study. Preventive Medicine, 54 3-4: 219-223. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.01.010


Author Kargarfard, Mehdi
Kelishadi, Roya
Ziaee, Vahid
Ardalan, Gelayol
Halabchi, Farzin
Mazaheri, Reza
Poursafa, Parinaz
Hayatbakhsh, Mohammad R.
Title The impact of an after-school physical activity program on health-related fitness of mother/daughter pairs: CASPIAN study
Journal name Preventive Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0091-7435
1096-0260
Publication date 2012-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.01.010
Volume 54
Issue 3-4
Start page 219
End page 223
Total pages 5
Place of publication Maryland Heights MO, United States
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective

To examine the effectiveness of parental support and involvement in a low-cost intervention for the improvement of health-related fitness of high school girls through an after-school physical activity (PA) program.

Methods

This multi-site study was conducted in 2006–2007 in 7 provinces in Iran. The study population comprised of two groups of children. The first group consisted of 206 children who were randomly selected from female students (7th–10th grade) and their mothers (n = 204). Another 60 children (without their mothers) were randomly selected as the control group. Overall, during 12 weeks, 24 sessions of after-school aerobic exercise were held. Health-related fitness data were collected pre- and post-intervention.

Results

The findings are based on 470 participants. The after-school PA significantly improved body mass index, resting heart rate, cardiorespiratory fitness, flexibility and muscle strength and endurance in children in both groups, and in mothers. Improvement in the physiological measures of the children in the mother/daughter group was significantly better than the control group.

Conclusion

The findings suggest that after-school PA may provide an effective model for improving the health-related fitness of high school girls and their mothers. Our data show that family support, including mother's participation, contributes to enhanced health-related achievements in adolescent girls.
Keyword After-school
Physical activity
Girl
Health
Fitness
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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