Evaluating the influence of the internal and external middle-school environment on the health of low-income, urban, African-American adolescent girls

The Foundation's Active Living Research program was designed to support investigator-initiated research to identify and assess structural, environmental, and policy changes with the potential to increase population levels of physical activity.The purpose of this study is to evaluate both the perceived and objectively measured internal and external physical activity environment of urban middle schools serving predominantly low-income, African American students in Baltimore using existing and newly developed surveys, and to examine how these influences affect the body composition and physical activity of low-income, African American adolescent girls in urban public middle schools. Observational and perceived measures will be used to collect data on the physical activity environment. In-depth interviews and questionnaires will be used to collect data on the school physical activity environment. Objective measures will be used to assess body composition and physical activity. A survey will be utilized to assess perceived peer and caregiver support for physical activity. Deliverables will include initial dissemination of findings to the Baltimore Public School System, who are partners on the project. Findings will also be shared through conferences, peer-reviewed journals, and a Web site.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $50,000.00

Awarded on: 12/16/2008

Time frame: 1/15/2009 - 3/14/2011

Grant Number: 65631


University of Maryland, Baltimore

620 West Lexington Street, 4th Floor
Baltimore, 21201-1508


Erin Rae Hager
Project Director