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Also Turkish primary school children reduce their overweight and develop successfully physical and social benefits with the gkgk/HCSC approach and strategy

Essen / Münster / Leiden, 9-10.9.2013

The WGI will present fresh data about their Turkish sub-samples in the Dutch-German cross-border project on “gkgk = healthy children in sound communities”at an international workshop of TNO at Leiden, the Netherlands. In the workshop scientists participate from different universities in Turkey, the Netherlands and Germany (WWU Münster / Univ. of Duisburg/Essen) and will report on their physical activity and nutrition intervention studies to counteract physical inactivity and obesity of children and youth with a Turkish cultural background.

WGI data of gkgk show after three years of intervention with daily physical activities:

  • Turkish Girls – especially in the Netherlands – reduce their rate of overweight and BMI-reference mean significantly
  • Motor abilities of Turkish children are lower at start of the gkgk-project
  • Positive motor development is significant for Turkish children in both countries (DE / NL)
  • Overweight Turkish children develop motor abilities positively  in both countries (DE /NL)
  • Turkish children‘s motor abilities develop on a higher level in Germany than in the Netherlands
  • Turkish children spend  both, more time on physical activity and media screen time than their non-Turkish classmates
  • In contrast to German and Dutch boys and girls, Turkish girls have both, higher rates of time spend on media and PA than Turkish boys
  • Especially Turkish girls are well integrated into their school classes
  • Especially Turkish boys show very strong and significant correlations between their motor abilities and Physical Self Concept