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The Impact of Incorporating an Exergame Activity Application in a Treatment Regimen for Overweight Children (NCT03027570)

University of Haifa
80 children aged 5-13, BMI≥85%, will be recruited to a program for the treatment of overweight children.The intervention group will use the app "Just Dance Now" and The control group will be exposed to the usual program without the app. Measurements will be performed at the beginning of the program, the end and 3 months after completion of the intervention.
  • Behavioral: Control
    Five-month interdisciplinary program, including: twice a week one-hour group exercise activity sessions, 3-5 group meetings with a dietician, 12-13 parent sessions with a social worker, and a healthy cooking workshop, each child will take part in individual sessions including: two appointments with a pediatrician, three sessions with a dietician and two sessions with a physical therapist serving as a consultant for physical activity.
    • Behavioral: Exergame activity_EXG
      In addition to the treatment given to the control group (as described above), the EXG group will obtain home access to the app "Just Dance Now" and part of a weekly exercise session will include a group activity with the app.
      • Other: Application activity
        The application - "Just Dance Now" will be downloaded to the cellular phone of the child or parent. Exercise using the app will be used by cell phone connection to the child's home computer and as part of exercise group activity.
        Ages eligible for Study
        5 Years to 13 Years
        Genders eligible for Study
        All
        Accepts Healthy Volunteers
        Accepts Healthy Volunteers
        Inclusion Criteria:
        • Children aged 5-13 from the center for the treatment of overweight children in the MACABI health organization
        • BMI≥85%.
        Exclusion Criteria:
        • Children with physical disabilities, that don't allow participation in physical activity during the study.
        • Children who don't own a mobile phone or don't have an access to a computer to activate the app for one hour a day.
        • BMI<85%
        80 children aged 5-13, BMI≥85%, will be recruited to the five-month program, at two centers for the treatment of overweight children. The intervention group will use the app "Just Dance Now" and part of a weekly exercise session will be dedicated to a group app activity. The control group will be exposed to the usual program without the app.

        Measurements of BMI, blood sugar and lipid profiles, as well as physical examination, and questionnaires regarding attitude and response to physical activity will be performed at the beginning of the program, the end and 3 months after completion of the intervention. Participation in the sessions will be documented and home activity recorded using a weekly log. ANOVA two-way repeated measures will be used to assess improvements in outcome measures.

        1 locations

        Israel (1)
        • Centers for the treatment of overweight children - MACCABI health organization
          Beer sheva, Israel
        Status:
        active not recruiting
        Type:
        Interventional
        Phase:
        -
        Start:
        01 March, 2017
        Updated:
        26 March, 2017
        Participants:
        100
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