Summer and Follow-Up Interventions to Affect Adiposity with Mothers and Daughters

A summer intervention reduced body fat in Latina girls but results were not long-lasting.

Overweight Latina girls (mean age 11 years old) participated in the BOUNCE (Behavior Opportunities Uniting Nutrition Counseling and Exercise) four-week summer intervention.

Girls attended exercise, sports, and dance sessions; they received behavioral counseling, two healthy snacks, and a healthy lunch each day. Their mothers participated in two-hour weekly sessions, receiving nutrition education and strategies to support their daughters at home. Both mothers and daughters participated in 12 weekly fall follow-up sessions.

The girls had a 3 percent reduction in body fat with the summer intervention but those results were not sustained in the fall.