The Healthy Youth Sports Study (HYSS) was designed to investigate the relationship between youth sport participation and obesity prevention strategies. Participation in youth sport is recommended for increasing physical activity, but little research exists on whether sport can promote energy balance or prevent obesity.
Through studying the environment at youth sport settings we hope to gain a better understanding of the role environments play in preventing obesity; specifically concession stands, vending machines, promotions and advertisements, and non-food locations within the venue. In addition, we hope to better understand obesity trends in sport by assessing energy expenditure versus energy intake in youth.
by Michelle Draxton, MPH, RD and Toben F Nelson, ScD. See our new article in the Spring 2016 issue of Elevate Health, a quarterly research digest of the President’s Council
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The importance of physical education in our school systems
Presented in December 2014 to the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education regarding graduation requirements for physical education.
Thomas M, Nelson TF, Harwood E, Neumark-Sztainer D. Exploring Parent Perceptions of the Food Environment in Youth Sport. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2012; 44:365-371. (Press release)
Nelson TF, Stovitz S, Thomas M, LaVoi N, Bauer K., Neumark-Sztainer D. Do youth sports prevent pediatric obesity? A systematic review and commentary. Current Sports Medicine Reports, 2011, 10(6): 360-370.
Brief Summaries of Our Research
- Feeding Your Young Athlete
- Helping Kids Eat Better
- Are sports and energy drinks healthy for children?
- Eating Before During and After Events
- Healthy Snacks List
- Game Plan for Navigating Food Environment
These assessment tools are designed to assess the environment in sport settings. These tools can be used individually or together.
Collaborators and Links
- Minnesota School of Public Health
- Minnesota Youth Sport Research Consortium
- Minnesota Youth Athletic Services (MYAS)
- American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate
- Urban Ventures
- Roseville Youth Basketball Association (RYBA)
- Bloomington Athletic Association
- Bloomington Jefferson Girls Basketball Association
- Bloomington Jefferson Boys Basketball Community
- Bloomington Kennedy Girls Traveling Basketball Association
- Bloomington Kennedy Boys Basketball
- New Moves Online
- Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sports
- National Institute on Out-of-School Time:
Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Recommendations
- GoKids Boston
- Nutrition and Physical Activity Tools – Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center
- The Nutrition Source – Harvard School of Public Health
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Supported by …
The Healthy Youth Sports Study is supported by the University of Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center.
University of Minnesota Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer Center, and the Minnesota Obesity Center.
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