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Pickett, Andrew C.; Cunningham, George B. – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2017
Purpose: Within the modern cultural climate, those in larger bodies face high levels of weight stigma, particularly in sport and physical activity spaces, which serves as a strong barrier to their participation. However, given the strong link between physical activity and general health and well-being for participants, it is important to explore…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Exercise, Body Weight, Health Related Fitness
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Greenleaf, Christy A.; Petrie, Trent A.; Martin, Scott B. – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2010
This study examined the associations among self-esteem, depression, physical self-concept, and body satisfaction among 1,022 middle school students who were in the FITNESSGRAM[R] Healthy Fitness Zone[TM] (HFZ) compared to those in the Needs Improvement Zone (NIZ) for body composition and cardiorespiratory fitness. After controlling for…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Body Composition, Self Esteem, Depression (Psychology)
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Morrow, James R., Jr.; Ede, Alison – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2009
Statewide physical fitness testing is gaining popularity in the United States because of increased childhood obesity levels, the relations between physical fitness and academic performance, and the hypothesized relations between adult characteristics and childhood physical activity, physical fitness, and health behaviors. Large-scale physical…
Descriptors: Obesity, Physical Activities, Testing, Physical Fitness
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Hopper, Chris A.; Munoz, Kathy D.; Gruber, Mary B.; Nguyen, Kim P. – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2005
This study examined the efficacy of a school-based exercise and nutrition program with a parent component. Third-grade children (N = 238) from six elementary schools participated in the study, with three schools randomly assigned to a program group and the other three schools to a control group. The program group received a health-related fitness…
Descriptors: Pretests Posttests, Eating Habits, Nutrition Instruction, Parent Participation
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Morrow, James R., Jr. – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2005
The current state of physical fitness in American youth is unknown. While evidence exists that obesity levels are increasing in children and youth, data on declines in physical fitness measures (i.e., cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal fitness) are lacking. Tracking of physical fitness components has been poorly done. Surveillance of behaviors…
Descriptors: Youth, Physical Activities, Obesity, Children