Childhood obesity study comes to Fremont school

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — A public school in Fremont is participating in a research study that aims to curb childhood obesity.

The KidQuest program, which has been tested out in South Dakota and some other Nebraska cities, will be evaluated on a larger scale through 700 students at Johnson Crossing Academic Center in Fremont.

The Fremont Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1gtwp9g ) the study involves changing how and where fifth- and sixth-grade students receive health-related education. South Dakota State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are partnering together for the study through a federal grant.

Researchers hope a six-month follow-up will measure what students have learned, and whether education given this way increases physical activity. The data will be used to refine the KidQuest program and for scientific journals.

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Information from: Fremont Tribune, http://www.fremontneb.com

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