Children's Physical Activity Research Group (CPARG)
The Children's Physical Activity Research Group (CPARG), led by Dr. Russell Pate, is an interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff, and graduate students who are dedicated to expanding the body of knowledge on physical activity and its promotion in children and adolescents. The overarching aim of CPARG is to enhance the health of young people by generating the knowledge needed to design and implement effective public health policies for promotion of physical activity. Some of the team’s projects are highlighted below:
SHAPES – The aim of the Study of Health and Activity in Preschool Environments was to test the effectiveness of a public health intervention to increase physical activity and decrease physical inactivity, thereby helping to prevent obesity in young children.
ABC Grow Healthy Project – The CPARG team collaborated with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and the SC Department of Social Services to develop new physical activity and nutrition standards for the ABC Child Care Program, which went into effect on October 1, 2012.
TRACK- The aim of the Transitions and Activity Changes in Kids Study was to examine the factors that influence change in physical activity in boys and girls as they transition from elementary to middle school.
Teaching Training for Active Preschoolers - The CPARG team is currently developing a training program for preschool educators with the support of the Duke Endowment. The program is designed to promote physical activity and prevent obesity in preschool children, and is the dissemination of SHAPES.
LEAP - The Lifestyle Education for Activity Program examined the effects of a comprehensive school-based intervention on physical activity, physical fitness, and psychosocial determinants of physical activity in high school girls. The intervention included modifications of physical education, health education, school health services, and school environment.