Childhood obesity has become epidemic in the United States. One of the best places to combat this problem is within the school system. The purpose of this study was to examine changes in exercise self-efficacy, science interest, and science knowledge of children who participated in a school-based anatomy and healthy lifestyle intervention called Anatomy Academy. In this pilot study, 212 study participants were recruited from 5th and 6th grade children enrolled in one of three charter schools who participated in our 7-week intervention, Anatomy Academy. Children completed four questionnaires pre and post intervention: (1) a science knowledge questionnaire, (2) a science interest questionnaire, (3) an exercise self-efficacy questionnaire, and (4) a demographic questionnaire. A statistically significant difference was found in participants’ pre and post test scores on the science knowledge questionnaire. Anatomy Academy was well received by children, parents, and faculty and provides helpful curriculum for science and physical education classes.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Jenkins, Katherine Turley, "A School-Based Intervention’s Impact on Children’s Knowledge and Self-Efficacy Related to Physical Activity and Nutrition: A Pilot Study" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 5255.