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Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

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Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

3903 N. Elm St. \

Greensboro, North Carolina 27455

United States

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The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is dedicated to the discovery, development and clinical translation of regenerative medicine technologies. The institute has used biomaterials alone, cell therapies, and engineered tissues and organs for ... more

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Vanderbilt University

Research Product Manager Research and Development

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PhD

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Editorial Board Member: (GJEPH) | Savvy Publishers

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Sabina B. Gesell Wake Forest University School of Medicine, North Carolina, USA


NCCOR National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research

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Sabina Gesell, Ph.D., research assistant professor of Pediatrics, will build and measure new social networks of families enrolled in the study and examine the impact.


NCCOR National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research

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Vanderbilt's Sabina Gesell, Ph.D., research assistant professor of pediatrics, is first author of a study in the June issue of the journal Pediatrics that examines the group effect of peers on activity levels of children in afterschool care programs.

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In fact, a network of four to five immediate friends has a significant influence on any individual child regardless of their usual activity level," Gesell said.
The results showed more active groups tended to draw a child up into greater activity levels, while groups that tended toward sedentary activities brought an individual child's levels down.
"The average activity level of the group of friends is what influences an individual child. Children are constantly adjusting their activity levels to match their peer group," Gesell said.
The researchers also examined whether children preferentially select groups based on activity level, perhaps choosing peers whose activity levels were similar to their own, but surprisingly, they found no such association. Children choose friends with other similarities (like being the same gender, age), but activity levels did not seem to be factor.
Gesell said this is exciting because more than 8 million children of working parents typically spend one to three hours per day in afterschool programs, making this an ideal place to get kids to be more active. Adjusting the makeup of playgroups to place children at-risk for obesity into groups with an activity level that is higher than their own is likely to influence them to be more active, too.
Before testing such an intervention in the real world, Gesell will experiment with computer simulations to determine the tipping point at which embedding too many inactive kids in a playgroup will bring down the active kids' activity levels.
"If you look at childhood obesity efforts across the country, many have failed to look at social context. It is important that we look at all the forces in play and intentionally leverage them to have a maximal impact," Gesell said.


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In fact, a group of four to five peers has a significant influence on any individual child regardless of their usual activity level," Gesell said. The results showed more active groups tended to draw a child into greater activity levels, while groups that gravitated toward sedentary activities brought an individual child's levels down.  "The average activity level of the group is what influences an individual child. Children are constantly adjusting their activity levels to match the peer group," Gesell said. The researchers also examined whether children preferentially select groups based on activity level, perhaps choosing peers whose levels were similar to their own, but surprisingly, they found no such association. Children might choose friends with other similarities, but activity levels did not seem to be a factor. Gesell said this is exciting because after-care programs are under increasing pressure to get children to be more active. Adjusting the makeup of playgroups to place children at risk for obesity into groups with an activity level that is higher than their own is likely to influence them to be more active too. "If you look at childhood obesity efforts across the country, many have failed to look at social context. It is important that we look at all the forces in play and streamline our efforts to have a maximal impact," Gesell said.

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Vanderbilt's Sabina Gesell, Ph.D., research assistant professor of Pediatrics, is first author of a study published in the online version of the journal Pediatrics that examines the group effect of peers on activity levels of children in after-school programs.


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"We tend to think of teenagers as being very influential amongst their peers, but now we'reseeing this in a younger age group as well," said study author Sabina Gesell, assistant professor of Pediatrics at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Read the full articlehere.

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