Fit4Life

A weight loss intervention for children who have survived childhood leukemia

Jeannie S. Huang, Lindsay Dillon, Laura Terrones, Lynn Schubert, William Roberts, Jerry Finklestein, Maria Swartz, Gregory J. Norman, Kevin Patrick

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Abstract

Background: Children surviving acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are at increased risk for overweight and obesity over that of the general population. Whether a generic or tailored approach to weight management is needed for cancer survivors has yet to be tested. Procedure: Thirty-eight youth 8-18 years with BMI≥85% who had survived ALL were recruited for a randomized clinical trial evaluating a weight management intervention (WMI) tailored for childhood ALL survivors (Fit4Life). Fit4Life recipients received a 4-month web, phone, and text message-delivered WMI tailored for cancer survivorship. Controls received a general WMI delivered via phone and mail. Assessments were performed at baseline and 4 months. Outcome data were analyzed according to assigned treatment condition over time. Results: Most (80%, (70%, 100%) [median (IQR)]) of the assigned curriculum was received by Fit4Life participants as compared to 50% (40%, 65%) among controls. Fit4Life recipients ≥14 years demonstrated less weight gain (P=0.05) and increased moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)894-900
Number of pages7
JournalPediatric Blood and Cancer
Volume61
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Weight Loss
Leukemia
Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma
Weights and Measures
Survivors
Text Messaging
Postal Service
Curriculum
Weight Gain
Neoplasms
Survival Rate
Randomized Controlled Trials
Obesity
Exercise
Population
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Childhood cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Survivorship
  • Weight management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology

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Huang, J. S., Dillon, L., Terrones, L., Schubert, L., Roberts, W., Finklestein, J., ... Patrick, K. (2014). Fit4Life: A weight loss intervention for children who have survived childhood leukemia. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 61(5), 894-900. https://doi.org/10.1002/pbc.24937

Fit4Life : A weight loss intervention for children who have survived childhood leukemia. / Huang, Jeannie S.; Dillon, Lindsay; Terrones, Laura; Schubert, Lynn; Roberts, William; Finklestein, Jerry; Swartz, Maria; Norman, Gregory J.; Patrick, Kevin.

In: Pediatric Blood and Cancer, Vol. 61, No. 5, 2014, p. 894-900.

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Huang, JS, Dillon, L, Terrones, L, Schubert, L, Roberts, W, Finklestein, J, Swartz, M, Norman, GJ & Patrick, K 2014, 'Fit4Life: A weight loss intervention for children who have survived childhood leukemia', Pediatric Blood and Cancer, vol. 61, no. 5, pp. 894-900. https://doi.org/10.1002/pbc.24937
Huang JS, Dillon L, Terrones L, Schubert L, Roberts W, Finklestein J et al. Fit4Life: A weight loss intervention for children who have survived childhood leukemia. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2014;61(5):894-900. https://doi.org/10.1002/pbc.24937
Huang, Jeannie S. ; Dillon, Lindsay ; Terrones, Laura ; Schubert, Lynn ; Roberts, William ; Finklestein, Jerry ; Swartz, Maria ; Norman, Gregory J. ; Patrick, Kevin. / Fit4Life : A weight loss intervention for children who have survived childhood leukemia. In: Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2014 ; Vol. 61, No. 5. pp. 894-900.
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