Multi-Disciplinary and Uncompetitive Intervention in Public Health for the Treatment of Sedentary and Overweight or Obese Children: NEREU Programme

Noemí Serra-Paya

Assumpta Ensenyat Solé

Alfonso Blanco Nespereira

*Corresponding author: Noemí Serra-Paya noemiserra.paya@gmail.com

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Serra-Paya, N., Ensenyat Solé, A., & Blanco Nespereira, A. (2014). Multi-Disciplinary and Uncompetitive Intervention in Public Health for the Treatment of Sedentary and Overweight or Obese Children: NEREU Programme. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 117, 7-22. https://doi.org/10.5672/apunts.2014-0983.es.(2014/3).117.01

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Abstract

The aim was to evaluate if the Nereu Programme would favourably impact on physical activity (PA), sedentary be-haviour and adiposity in low active overweight and obese children as a public health intervention tool for the mana-gement of children’s obesity.  The design was a longitudinal prospective study with post-test at 9 months, consisted of PA for children with behavioural components, family be-havioural sessions for parents and behaviour strategies for both. Eighty-six (10.65 ± 2 years) low active and overweight or obese children according the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) Criteria and their parents participated. PA, sedentary behaviours and adiposity were collected at baseli-ne and 9 months after the intervention. The children reported more time (p < 0.01) on moderate (2.4 ± 5.3 h·week-1) and high (3.1 ± 1.62 h · week-1) intensity PA and less time (p < 0.001) on sedentary activities (5.4 ± 6.3 h · week-1). BMI z-score was reduced by 0.2 ± 0.29 units (p < 0.001). These results may induce a positive change in PA, seden-tary behaviours and BMI z-score in low active overweight and obese children. This intervention could be an interesting public health intervention tool for the management of children’s obesity. However, future studies should clarify these associations.

Keywords: behaviour, Children, Motivation, Obesity, Pu-Blic Health, Sedentary.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: January 16, 2014

Accepted: April 22, 2014

Published: July 1, 2014