Effects of a Multimodal Preference-based Parental Intervention on Preschoolers' Physical Activity Behaviour - a Cluster-randomized Trial

2014-08-27 03:15:50 | BioPortfolio


This study investigates whether a kindergarten-based parental intervention that provides tools to change physical activity behaviour of families in everyday life effects physical activity in preschool children.


In the last 25 years, obesity in children has increased dramatically in Germany (KIGGs-Study: Lampert et al. 2007, Stolzenberg et al., 2007) and other western societies. There is growing evidence that the roots for obesity development lie in early childhood years (adiposity rebound: Reilly 2008). Lack of physical activity is one important factor contributing to obesity development. Thus, movement behaviour change is the aim of several preschool interventions. Some interventions strive to increase physical activity in children directly by e.g. sports lessons, others only by working with parents.

This study examines the effects of a preference- and partly internet-based parental intervention on preschoolers' physical activity behaviour and BMI. This intervention can easily be added to existing direct physical activity promotion programmes in kindergartens. In workshops, parents are presented with a set of possible project ideas and then choose, within their local working groups, which of the project ideas they would like to realize in order to improve their local kindergarten-environment and familiy movement behaviours.

The study is designed of direct physical activity lessons twice a week, the other group receives the abovementioned standard intervention plus the parental intervention.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Prevention




"Ene mene fit - Eltern machen mit!", Standard physical activity lessons


Mannheim Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg


Active, not recruiting


University of Heidelberg

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:15:50-0400

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