An Evaluation of the University of Illinois Extension Get Up & Move! Program

Mary Ann Halpin, Susan M. Farner, Stephen J. Notaro, Sheri Seibold, Pat McGlaughlin, Natalie Bosecker, Barbara Farner


Get Up & Move! is a program created by University of Illinois Extension to address childhood obesity. It provides ready-to-use materials for youth leaders to promote healthy lifestyles through physical fitness and healthy eating. The impact of the program on participants’ physical activity was evaluated to see whether involvement produces an increase in physical activity to the USDA recommended 60 minutes per day. It was found that a significant increase in minutes of physical activity occurred in participants from an average of 51.88 minutes per day to an average of 58.84 minutes per day.

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