A Fremont elementary school is participating in a research study that aims to curb childhood obesity.
The KidQuest program, which has been tested out in other Nebraska cities and in South Dakota, will be evaluated on a larger scale through 700 students at Johnson Crossing Academic Center in Fremont.
The study involves changing how and where fifth and sixth-grade students receive health-related education. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and South Dakota State University are partnering together for the study through a federal grant.
Researchers hope a six-month follow-up will measure what students have learned and whether education given this way increases physical activity. The data will be used to refine the KidQuest program and for scientific journals.
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