Family Physical Activity Study

Funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

The purpose of this study is to compare three approaches all aimed at increasing physical activity among children between the ages of 6 and 12. Each approach requires the participation of a parent who will incorporate physical activities into their child’s day.

To participate in the study, a family must live in the Greater Victoria region, have at least one child between 6 and 12 years of age who does not already engage in 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day and at least one parent who is willing to participate in the study with their child.

Incentive: After each completion of the measures participants will receive an honorarium (baseline: $25, six weeks: $30, three months: $35, six months: $40)

10 out of 200 Participants

Victoria, BC

Recruiting Begins January 2017

Families, Health, Physical Activity, Exercise

This study is ongoing until December 2020

At least one child between the ages of 6 and 12 years who does not engage in 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day and at least one parent who is willing to participate with their child. (Moderate to vigorous includes anything that gets the heart rate raised, increases sweating, breathing heavier, such as running, playing tag or soccer, swimming, biking).

  • Length of time commitment: Six months
  • Baseline visit at the University of Victoria at our lab for the child to do a fitness test and the parent to complete an online questionnaire
  • Child is asked to wear an accelerometer for one week for 4 times (baseline, six weeks, three months and six months) to track physical activity
  • Researcher meets with parent after the first week of the child wearing the accelerometer to go through information materials on how to help child be more active
  • Researcher meets parent again at six weeks, three months and six months
  • Parent is asked to fill out an online questionnaire 4 x (baseline, six weeks, three months and six months)
  • At six months parent and child return to lab for child to do final fitness test, and parent to fill out final questionnaire
  • After last week of wearing an accelerometer there is a brief wrap up interview with child and parent that will be recorded

The Behavioural Medicine (BMED) lab is a research lab within the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education at the University of Victoria, Canada. Our mission is to produce and disseminate innovative and population-relevant physical activity and health research of the highest calibre within an environment that fosters collaboration, community, pride, and life balance.

My child is already very active, can he/she still participate?

If your child does engage in more than 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity every single day then he/she may be too active to participate.

Is this a weight-loss program?

No! This is a research study! The goal is to learn about healthier habits that are effective for families.

My child has a medical condition, can he or she still participate?

We will ask specific health screening questions. If your child does have a medical condition additional doctor’s clearance may be required to participate in the study.

How can I find out more information?

For more information, please visit the National Institutes of Health Clinical Trials database at clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/search

Study Details

Timeline

This study is ongoing until December 2020

Recruitment Criteria

At least one child between the ages of 6 and 12 years who does not engage in 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day and at least one parent who is willing to participate with their child. (Moderate to vigorous includes anything that gets the heart rate raised, increases sweating, breathing heavier, such as running, playing tag or soccer, swimming, biking).

What Is Required?

  • Length of time commitment: Six months
  • Baseline visit at the University of Victoria at our lab for the child to do a fitness test and the parent to complete an online questionnaire
  • Child is asked to wear an accelerometer for one week for 4 times (baseline, six weeks, three months and six months) to track physical activity
  • Researcher meets with parent after the first week of the child wearing the accelerometer to go through information materials on how to help child be more active
  • Researcher meets parent again at six weeks, three months and six months
  • Parent is asked to fill out an online questionnaire 4 x (baseline, six weeks, three months and six months)
  • At six months parent and child return to lab for child to do final fitness test, and parent to fill out final questionnaire
  • After last week of wearing an accelerometer there is a brief wrap up interview with child and parent that will be recorded

Study Organizers

The Behavioural Medicine (BMED) lab is a research lab within the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education at the University of Victoria, Canada. Our mission is to produce and disseminate innovative and population-relevant physical activity and health research of the highest calibre within an environment that fosters collaboration, community, pride, and life balance.

FAQ

My child is already very active, can he/she still participate?

If your child does engage in more than 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity every single day then he/she may be too active to participate.

Is this a weight-loss program?

No! This is a research study! The goal is to learn about healthier habits that are effective for families.

My child has a medical condition, can he or she still participate?

We will ask specific health screening questions. If your child does have a medical condition additional doctor’s clearance may be required to participate in the study.

How can I find out more information?

For more information, please visit the National Institutes of Health Clinical Trials database at clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/search

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