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dc.contributor.authorHowie, Erin
dc.contributor.authorMcVeigh, Joanne
dc.contributor.authorAbbott, R.
dc.contributor.authorOlds, T.
dc.contributor.authorStraker, Leon
dc.identifier.citationHowie, E. and McVeigh, J. and Abbott, R. and Olds, T. and Straker, L. 2015. Multiple components of fitness improved among overweight and obese adolescents following a community-based lifestyle intervention. Journal of Sports Sciences. 34 (16): pp. 1581-1587.

Fitness is an important component of health, and obese adolescents regularly have poor fitness. Unfortunately, few have assessed the impact of community-based lifestyle interventions on multiple components of fitness. The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of participation in a community-based intervention involving adolescents and parents on multiple components of fitness of obese adolescents. In a within-subject, waitlist controlled clinical trial with 12 months follow-up in Western Australia, participants (n = 56) completed multiple fitness measures at baseline, immediately prior to beginning an 8-week intervention and at 3, 6 and 12 months during a maintenance period. Performance on the shuttle walk was improved immediately post-intervention (increase of 42.8 m, 95% CI: 7.5, 78.2) and at 12 months post-intervention (increase of 44.6 m, 95% CI: 1.3, 87.8) compared with pre-intervention. Muscle performance of quadriceps and deltoids were improved post-intervention (increase of 1.1 (95% CI: 0.1, 2.1) kg · F and 1.0 (0.02, 2.1) kg · F, respectively) and all muscle performance measures were improved at 12 months following the intervention. There were no changes in waist circumference. A community-based lifestyle programme such as Curtin University’s Activity, Food and Attitudes Program (CAFAP) may be a viable strategy for improving fitness in overweight adolescents.

dc.titleMultiple components of fitness improved among overweight and obese adolescents following a community-based lifestyle intervention
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleJournal of Sports Sciences

This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sports Sciences on 11/12/2015, available online at

curtin.departmentSchool of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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