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Get in the GROOVE: Promoting a Healthy Reality

Get in the GROOVE: Promoting a Healthy Reality
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Author(s): Mary Kate Clennan (University of Miami, USA), Daniella S. Carucci (University of Miami, USA), Shannon E. Chiles (University of Miami, USA), Marissa D. Alert (University of Miami, USA), Alyssa LaRoche (Aimee Weber Studio, USA), Maria Isabel Leeder (Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, USA) and Patrice G. Saab (University of Miami, USA)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 21
Source title: Integrating an Awareness of Selfhood and Society into Virtual Learning
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Andrew Stricker (The Air University, USA), Cynthia Calongne (Colorado Technical University, USA), Barbara Truman (University of Central Florida, USA) and Fil Arenas (The Air University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2182-2.ch010

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Abstract

Over the last few decades, there has been a rise in the prevalence of overweight and obesity in American youths. This chapter describes the rationale for the virtual world features of an ongoing obesity prevention project that engages middle school aged girls in a 3-week summer science enrichment program. The Get in the GROOVE! program is designed to promote self-efficacy for healthy behavior change, increase health knowledge, facilitate healthy behaviors related to physical activity and nutrition, encourage a healthy body image, and promote the development and consolidation of a health self-identity. The virtual world component supplements experiences and reinforces curriculum and concepts learned in the physical world component of the program. Preliminary findings suggest that The Get in the GROOVE! program is a promising social environment to motivate healthy habits.

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