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Nutrition--Study and teaching (Primary)--Iowa--Cedar Falls; Physical education for children--Iowa--Cedar Falls; Nutrition--Study and teaching (Primary); Physical education for children; Iowa--Cedar Falls; Academic theses;


Over the past 30 years obesity in elementary school age children has gone from almost non-existence to common place. With obesity on the rise, the occurrence of diseases associated with it such as Type II diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia have also risen for children. These diseases are often carried into adulthood since overweight children are more likely to become overweight or obese adults. This will create another generation of obese children, continue to strain a failing health system, and add additional problems to our economy as the current obese generation heads into retirement.

Poor eating habits and insufficient physical activity are the leading behavioral causes of overweight and obesity. The school environment is an excellent place to help children meet requirements for nutrition and physical activity on a daily basis since the vast majority of children attend public school. The NutriActive program has been developed and tested to teach children about nutrition, physical activity, and other important aspects of an overall healthy lifestyle. This program, implemented by trained professionals, with the aid of parental involvement can help change unhealthy behaviors.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

First Advisor

Oksana Matvienko

Second Advisor

Susan Dobie

Third Advisor

Catherine Zeman


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