Healthy Youth Sport
Developed by Michelle Parke, MPH, RD and Toben Nelson, ScD. Internal review by Nicole LaVoi, PhD, Beth Lewis, PhD, Susie Nanney, PhD, RD, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH, RD, Steven Stovitz, MD, MPH. External review by Jean Wiecha, PhD, University of Massachusetts-Boston and Lilian Cheung, DSc, RD, Harvard School of Public Health.
- Obesity Prevention and Youth Sport: What Do We Really Know? – Tucker Table Presentation
- The Potential for Preventing Obesity in Youth Sport
- Tucker Table presentation video (2:00)
- Practice Recommendations to Promote Healthy Dietary Habits and Nutrition Messages Among Youth Sport Participants
- Parent Focus Group Findings
These assessment tools are designed to assess the environment in sport settings. These tools can be used individually or together.
- Venue Information
- Concession Stand
- Vending Machines/ Vending Categories
- School Store/T-shirt Stand
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Background and Brief Summary of Grant
The Healthy Youth Sports Study (HYSS) was designed to investigate the relationship between youth sport participation and obesity prevention strategies. Participation in youth sport is recommended for increasing physical activity, but little research exists on whether sport can promote energy balance or prevent obesity.
Through studying the environment at youth sport settings we hope to gain a better understanding of the role environments play in preventing obesity; specifically concession stands, vending machines, promotions and advertisements, and non-food locations within the venue. In addition, we hope to better understand obesity trends in sport by assessing energy expenditure versus energy intake in youth.
Thomas M, Nelson TF, Harwood E, Neumark-Sztainer D. Exploring Parent Perceptions of the Food Environment in Youth Sport. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2012; 44:365-371. (Press release)
Nelson TF, Stovitz S, Thomas M, LaVoi N, Bauer K., Neumark-Sztainer D. Do youth sports prevent pediatric obesity? A systematic review and commentary. Current Sports Medicine Reports, 2011, 10(6): 360-370.
Supported by …
The Healthy Youth Sports Study is supported by the
University of Minnesota Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer Center, and the Minnesota Obesity Center.
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- Minnesota School of Public Health
- Minnesota Youth Sport Research Consortium
- Minnesota Youth Athletic Services (MYAS)
- Urban Ventures
- Roseville Youth Basketball Association (RYBA)
- Bloomington Athletic Association
- Bloomington Jefferson Girls Basketball Association
- Bloomington Jefferson Boys Basketball Community
- Bloomington Kennedy Girls Traveling Basketball Association
- Bloomington Kennedy Boys Basketball
- New Moves Online
- Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sports
- National Institute on Out-of-School Time:
Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Recommendations
- GoKids Boston
- Nutrition and Physical Activity Tools – Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center
- The Nutrition Source – Harvard School of Public Health
- Toben Nelson, ScD
- Nicole LaVoi, PhD
- Beth Lewis, PhD
- Marilyn S. (Susie) Nanney, PhD, MPH, RD
- Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH, RD
- John Sirard, PhD
- Steven Stovitz, MD
- Michelle Parke, MPH, RD