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The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of a structured pedometer walking program on blood pressure and Body Mass Index (BMI) of children. The study utilizes a review of literature and case study research. The aim of the study is to discover whether the use of pedometers, small devices that count the number of daily steps, and daily step goals are effective in encouraging children and youth to become more active and improving their health. The hypothesis is that the program will help motivate children and youth to become more active and improve their blood pressures and BMI's. The study found no statistical significant improvements in either blood pressure or BMI, but all subjects did improve their daily step count (2628.66 steps/day).

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Honors Thesis

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Lloyd L. Laubach

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Health and Sport Science


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The Effects of a Structured Pedometer Exercise Program on Blood Pressure and BMI of Children Aged 9-12 Years