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Year Published: 2005
This longitudinal study examined the role that afterschool program participation plays in the development of childhood obesity and peer acceptance among low-income and minority children. The study assessed three unnamed northeastern, urban, public schools and found that the prevalence of obesity was significantly lower for afterschool participants compared to nonparticipants (21 percent vs. 33 percent) controlling for baseline obesity, poverty status, and race and ethnicity. The study also found that students participating in the afterschool programs showed significant increases in peer acceptance during their time in the program.
Scope of the Evaluation: Local
Program Type: Afterschool
Location: Three public schools in an unnamed city in the Northeastern United States.
Community Type: Urban
Grade level: Elementary School
Program Demographics: The study population was low-income and extremely diverse. At least 88 percent of participants qualified for the free or reduced price lunch program. Forty-six percent of participants were Hispanic, 34 percent were African American, 6 percent were European American, and 14 percent were “other”.