2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Analysis of Beverage Consumption and Physical Activity of Children in Grades 6-8
Chrystal D. Detweiler* and Elizabeth T. Kerlick
Dr. Janice Clark Young, Faculty Mentor

By the age of 14, 32% of girls and 52% of boys consume at least three eight-ounce sweetened beverages per day. The purpose of this study was to analyze the intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and physical activity levels of students in grades 6-8 in a local middle school. A 12- question survey was developed, pilot tested, and validated for this study. Students completed a survey during their physical education or English classes. Statistical comparisons were made between sex, grade level, body mass index, physical activities, and beverage consumption with significant differences found between these variables. These results can assist health and physical educators combat the rising obesity and Type II diabetes rates among US children and adolescents. Reducing sweetened beverage consumption would help reduce the rate of childhood/ adolescent obesity.

Keywords: beverage, consumption, physical, activity, children, obesity, grade, body mass index

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 60-27
Location: OP Lobby and Atrium
Time: 4:15

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