Pilot Evaluation of a Walking School Bus Program

Pilot and Feasibility Evaluation of a Walking School Bus Program Intervention for Elementary School Students

Patrocinadores

Patrocinador principal: Seattle Children's Hospital

Fuente Seattle Children's Hospital
Resumen breve

Walking to school is one of the objectives for children and adolescents in Healthy People 2010 and in previous studies was associated with higher levels of overall physical activity, which has been shown to decrease obesity. Therefore, more children walking to school should result in increased physical activity and presumably reduce obesity. However, increasing child pedestrian activity could increase the risk of child pedestrian injuries. Walking with an adult who provides instruction in pedestrian skills and monitors the child's actual behavior may be the most important component of a successful intervention. Walking with an adult reduced child pedestrian injury risk by almost 70%. A walking school bus (WSB) addresses safety concerns by providing a period of physical activity supervised by several responsible adults and teaching opportunities around pedestrian safety skills on the way to and from school. Children may join the WSB at various points along the set route. Despite the growing popularity of WSB programs in the United States, randomized, controlled-studies are lacking that examine the impact on children's safety, physical activity, and health. We seek to help fill this gap in the literature by piloting a WSB program in elementary schools in the Houston Independent School District to test feasibility. We hypothesize that a WSB program will: (1) increase the number of students walking to school and decrease the number of students driven to school by car, (2) increase students' pedestrian safety behaviors (3) increase students' physical activity, and (4) decrease students' excess weight gain.

Estado general Completed
Fecha de inicio September 2008
Fecha de Terminación June 2009
Fecha de finalización primaria June 2009
Fase N/A
Tipo de estudio Interventional
Resultado primario
Medida Periodo de tiempo
Method of student transportation to school Immediately pre- and post-intervention
Resultado secundario
Medida Periodo de tiempo
Physical activity Immediately pre- and post-intervention
Pedestrian crosswalk behavior Immediately pre- and post-intervention
Parents' psychosocial constructs related to allowing their child to walk to school Immediately pre- and post-intervention
Child's self-efficacy for walking to school Immediately pre- and post-intervention
Inscripción 149
Condición
Intervención

Tipo de intervención: Behavioral

Nombre de intervención: Walking School Bus

Descripción: Students are chaperoned to and from school by adults (study staff or parent volunteers) along set routes.

Etiqueta de grupo de brazo: I

Otro nombre: Safe Routes to School

Elegibilidad

Criterios:

Inclusion Criteria:

- 4th grade student at a study school in the Houston Independent School District

- Must be physically able to walk to and from school

Exclusion Criteria:

- Any condition that would prevent the student from walking to or from school

Género: All

Edad mínima: 8 Years

Edad máxima: 12 Years

Voluntarios Saludables: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Oficial general
Apellido Papel Afiliación
Jason A Mendoza, MD, MPH Principal Investigator Seattle Children's Research Institute
Ubicación
Instalaciones: Baylor College of Medicine
Ubicacion Paises

United States

Fecha de verificación

December 2013

Fiesta responsable

Tipo: Principal Investigator

Afiliación del investigador: Seattle Children's Hospital

Nombre completo del investigador: Jason Mendoza

Título del investigador: Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Palabras clave
Tiene acceso ampliado No
Condición Examinar
Número de brazos 2
Grupo de brazo

Etiqueta: I

Tipo: Experimental

Descripción: Walking School Bus Intervention

Etiqueta: C

Tipo: No Intervention

Descripción: Usual school procedures for student transportation to school

Información de diseño del estudio

Asignación: Randomized

Modelo de intervención: Parallel Assignment

Propósito primario: Prevention

Enmascaramiento: None (Open Label)

Fuente: ClinicalTrials.gov