Research at the Pediatric Fitness Clinic
UW Health's Pediatric Fitness Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin is directed by leading researchers and is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, exercise physiologists and registered dieticians.
Over the last few decades, the rate of childhood obesity has nearly tripled. Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes type 2 -- all diseases once thought of as only affecting adults are now seen in greater numbers among children and teens. To examine the causes, and potential solutions, researchers at the Pediatric Fitness Clinic work closely with schools and communities across Wisconsin.
Alternative Gym Class
Middle-school students in the study improved their fitness and cardiovascular health substantially when they took part in an "alternative" physical education class where they chose the activities they enjoyed. Their findings suggest a previously sedentary lifestyle can be reversed if children are offered exercise options catered to their tastes and preferences. Read more
Learn more about the research on School-Based Fitness Programs (pdf) that was conducted by the Pediatric Fitness Clinic.
Pediatric Fitness Clinic Teams with DPI
UW Health's Pediatric Fitness Clinic and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction formed the Wisconsin Partnership for Childhood Fitness (WPCF) and are using a $446,568 grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program (funded by the Blue Cross conversion) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to develop a comprehensive program to assess and improve childhood fitness. Read more
Learn more about the research on Fitness versus Fatness (pdf) in middle school children.
Summertime Fitness Loss
In a finding that surprised the researchers, pediatricians and sports medicine experts at UW Health found that fitness improvements by 17 students who participated in a fitness-based physical education program at school lost those benefits during the three months of summer. The study appears in the June 2007 edition of the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Read more
Learn more about the research on Summertime Fitness (pdf) that was conducted by the Pediatric Fitness Clinic.