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Research ShowCASE 2018
Predictors of Enrollment and Retention of Overweight and Obese Adolescents in We Run This City, a Community-School Based Physical Activity Program. Rachel Gardenhire, IMPACT Navigator

What was this poster about?
The purpose of this research was to identify individual, parent, team, coach, and Navigator characteristics that were associated with the enrollment and retention of overweight and obese adolescents on We Run This City (WRTC) teams. This research comes out of a partnership between IMPACT, a three-year multi-level obesity treatment trial that examined the effects of three child-family behavioral interventions on BMI in 360 overweight/obese middle school, urban youth, and WRTC, a community-school based physical activity program from the YMCA that forms running teams within Cleveland public schools to train for and run a portion of the Cleveland Marathon. IMPACT partnered with WRTC in order to assess the added effects of a supportive school environment on BMI in study participants who participated in the IMPACT program.  

We identified that having at least one friend on the WRTC team had the strongest association with enrolling in WRTC, however, it was not associated with completing the program. Additionally, for each year a coach taught at their WRTC school, IMPACT participants were 7% more likely to join a WRTC team, suggesting that coaches with longer-standing relationships with these participants were more successful with recruiting IMPACT participants. Team characteristics such as starting size and the percentages of males and obese participants were associated with the retention of IMPACT participants on WRTC teams, as well as having and using physical activity equipment at home. Our findings suggest that factors associated with a participant’s weight are not strongly associated with enrollment or retention. However, the social aspect of the team is the most predictive of an overweight/obese participant's engagement in the WRTC program.

An Exploratory Analysis of Prescribed Dietary Supplement Usage by Demographic in Nhanes 2011 – 2014: Potential Implications for Provider Bias. Anjli Shah, BCOP Graduate Assistant

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Though the typical profile of dietary supplement has been long known, there is limited examination by supplement type or by recommendation from a health care provider. Considering provider bias in traditional prescription practices, the growing popularity of supplements, and increased demand for provider knowledge, this study seeks to explore how demographic factors may be related to how dietary supplements are recommended by providers. Though most findings reflected existing knowledge of dietary supplement use, use by race and language spoken at home demonstrated potentially meaningful differences. These differences were examined more closely in single botanical products finding large heterogeneity in products prescribed. This may prompt further examination of provider bias in relation to these variables as well as provider knowledge to provide insight into clinical practices and health promotion.

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