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Alyce T. Barnes, Ronald C. Plotnikoff, Clare E. Collins and Philip J. Morgan


The aim was to assess the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a community-based physical activity (PA) intervention targeting mothers and daughters.


A randomized controlled trial of 48 primary school-aged girls and their 40 mothers were randomized to (i) Mothers And Daughters Exercising for Life (MADE4Life) (n = 21 mothers, n = 25 daughters) or (ii) wait-list control (n = 19 mothers, n = 23 daughters). The 8-week program involved 8 sessions; 25-minute separate mothers and daughters education sessions and 60-minutes PA together. Assessments were at baseline, postintervention and 3-month postintervention. Primary outcome measure was daughters’ moderateto-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) (accelerometer). Secondary outcomes included accelerometer-assessed light/moderate/vigorous PA, BMI, waist circumference, body composition, blood pressure, resting heart rate, sedentary behaviors and mothers’ self-reported PA, parenting measures, and cognitions. Intention-to-treat analysis used linear mixed models.


Recruitment and retention goals were exceeded. Attendance rates, program acceptability and satisfaction were high. There was no significant group-by-time effect for daughters’ %MVPA (–0.08; 95%CI –1.49, 1.33, d = –0.03) or other secondary outcomes for girls (postintervention range d = 0.01 to –0.46). Significant intervention effects were found for mothers’ %VPA (P = .04, d = 0.25) and role modeling (P = .02, d = 0.66).


MADE4Life was both feasible and acceptable. Although very small effect sizes were found for the daughters, significant changes were seen for mothers (d = 0.25 to 0.66). Future fully powered trials targeting PA in mothers and daughters is warranted.

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Ang Chen, Bo Shen and Xihe Zhu

, lower fidelity is likely to be associated with lower knowledge gain ( Loflin & Ennis, 2014 ). Knowledge of Most Worth A general purpose of a curriculum intervention study is to determine what knowledge, skill, and behavior are of most worth for students and the level of effectiveness with which the

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Sharon E. Taverno Ross

diet, parent physical activity, and both parent and child screen time. Furthermore, there was a significant decrease in child BMI percentile in overweight/obese children (BMI ≥85th percentile) from baseline to follow-up. In summary, of the seven published intervention studies reviewed, only two

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Ali Brian, Sally Taunton, Chelsee Shortt, Adam Pennell and Ryan Sacko

) in attempts to drive and sustain physically active behaviors ( Stodden et al., 2008 ). Most intervention studies in the United States that targeted young children from low socioeconomic environments are situated within Head Start facilities (i.e., federally funded early childhood centers for children

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Kylie McNeill, Natalie Durand-Bush and Pierre-Nicolas Lemyre

impacted by effort, practice, and systematic interventions ( Durand-Bush et al., 2015 ; Schunk & Zimmerman, 2003 ). A series of intervention studies guided by the Resonance Performance Model (RPM; Dubuc-Charbonneau & Durand-Bush, 2015 ) have been conducted to examine the development of self

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Mary O. Whipple, Erica N. Schorr, Kristine M.C. Talley, Ruth Lindquist, Ulf G. Bronas and Diane Treat-Jacobson

reported results were evaluated qualitatively to determine the strength of the evidence for each reported factor and related variability in response to aerobic exercise interventions. Study selection, extraction of data, and bias assessment were conducted by the primary author and reviewed by two coauthors

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Katie Weatherson, Lira Yun, Kelly Wunderlich, Eli Puterman and Guy Faulkner

EMA protocol with 6 randomly prompted questionnaires, was an observational study as opposed to an intervention study aimed at changing a specific behavior. Therefore, it is unknown whether this would be the case for office-based employees participating in an intervention aimed at reducing sitting at

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Claire E. Badenhorst, Katherine E. Black and Wendy J. O’Brien

. Table 1 Prolonged Training (>1–2 days) Investigations and Postexercise Hepcidin Activity Without Nutritional Intervention Study reference Population Participants Duration Results Ishibashi, Maeda, Sumi, and Goto ( 2017 ) n  = 16 Female long-distance runners 7 months with two training blocks Low: base

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Chunxiao Li, Ngai Kiu Wong, Raymond K.W. Sum and Chung Wah Yu

cross-sectional design of the study limited the casual inferences of the results. Longitudinal surveys or intervention studies should be used in future to support the current ordering and interpretation. Third, although the current study extended the literature by including mindfulness as a predictor of

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Robert E. Dustman, Rita Emmerson and Donald Shearer

Findings from three research paradigms that employed aerobic exercise as an independent variable were used to test the hypothesis that aerobic exercise improves cognitive-neuropsychological functioning. The research paradigms were animal intervention studies, cross-sectional human studies, and human intervention studies. Results from studies of animals, usually rodents, provide consistent evidence that aerobic fitness is associated with improved neurobiological and behavioral functioning. Cross-sectional studies with humans indicate a strong positive association between physical activity level and cognitive-neuropsychological performance. However, results from these studies must be interpreted cautiously, as individuals who elect to exercise or not exercise may differ on other variables that could influence cognitive-neuropsychological performance. To date, human intervention studies have not consistently demonstrated cognitive-neuropsychological improvements following exercise training. To satisfactorily test the exercise/cognition hypothesis with humans, carefully controlled intervention studies that last longer than those previously employed are needed.