Descriptive Results of Baseline and 7-Month Data from Children about Jump with Jill

Table 1. Partial Results by Grade and Question

Question Remember the Program Drink Less Soda Drink More Water Be More Active Told Parent about Program Family Acting on One of 3 Messages

Baseline 3rd grade (50)

# of yes 44 29 37 42 40 26
% 88% 58% 74% 84% 80% 52%
7 months later now 4th graders (37)
# of yes 34 18 23 31 28 17
% 92%* 48.6% 64% 84% 78% 46%

Baseline 4th grade (53)

# of yes 52 19 43 41 21 28
% 98% 36% 81% 77% 40% 53%
7 months later now 5th graders (51)
# of yes  51  19  31  40 35  24
%  100%  38%  62%*  83%  70%++  50%

Baseline 5th grade (50)

# of yes  49 13  24  32  4  19
%  98%  26%  48%  64%  8%  38%
7 months later now 6th graders (0)
Baseline total %
145/15395 61/15340 104/15368 115/15375 44/15329 73/15348
7-month total %
85/8896.5 37/8742.5 54/8663 71/8583.5 63/87 72.4++ 41/8648

*=result with substantial change from baseline     ++ = result that may not be credible

Brief Summary– Approximately 7 months later, almost all the children from Maplewood Elementary in Fort Wayne, IN remembered the Jump with Jill program presented at their school. The three messages from the program (ie. drink less soda, drink more water, and be active) were recalled at either the same or similar rate overall.

Among the now 5th graders, there was a significant reduction in recall on the message of drinking more water.  Being more physically active remained the strongest message for both grades at baseline and at 7 months. Since the now 6th graders are in a different school building, they were not accessible for the 7 month fup.

It is noteworthy that many of the written responses (listed below) are either direct quotes of messages from the program or close paraphrases but are unlikely from any other source due to the uniqueness of the phrasing.( #) This is further evidence of the impact of the program.

These data are good evidence supporting the positive impact of a one-day age appropriate program on a sample of early school age children.

Further statistical analysis may reveal other significant relationships in the children’s data and between the adult and children’s data at baseline and at fup.

Written responses by 4th graders in answer to the last question, “What do you remember from the program?”

Be Active-11
Stay fit.—2
We sang, danced, played and exercised.
I started to play more football with friends at their house.
She said we got to be more active with our body’s and drink less soda.
Being healthy is good.
She showed us how to stay fit.
Don’t eat junk food, drink less soda so you can stay in shape and fit.
Don’t drink or be lazy and stay healthy.
When you work out, it’s fun.
She tried to keep us healthy.

Drink less soda/more water-4
Don’t drink too much soda.–2
Drink 10 cups of water a day.
She showed us how much sugar is in pop.

Diet choices-4
Healthy food and nutrition—2
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Milk with sunglasses on the carton.

Second look-0

She sang a lot of songs—5
Her singing, dancing, and having a good time.
She was singing and her brother was the DJ.
She and her friend made some cool songs.
Jill picked 5th graders to put on glasses and necklaces.
She asked for volunteers.
She was a girl.
We were singing when Waynedale came in 

Written responses by 5th graders to the same question:

Be Active- 9
Your heart gets healthier when you move.
Stay off TV and game systems—stay active
She said you have to eat healthy and exercise more.—3
Exercise is very healthy and you should take care of your body. (#)
She sang songs about your body and how we should be active.
Keep your body parts healthy at all times.
There was another school with us and she said to exercise.

Drink less soda/more water-8
Drink more water—less soda—3
Drink less soda, it’s not good for you and exercise a lot.
She sang, danced and told us to drink more water.
How much sugar is in pop—2
Watch out for sugar in your food and drinks.

Diet choices-10
Don’t eat junk food—2
Eat less snacks.
Eat more fruit.
Eat more vegetables.
I remember the foods that give you energy that lasts longer and which ones don’t. (#)
The types of food groups and what’s healthy for your body.
What you should and shouldn’t eat and play and get active.
She gave out a healthy snack.
It’s better to eat healthy.

Second look-4
Look at how many servings are on the box.
She showed us about cereals.
I remember the “second look”. (#)
That people advertise foods and drinks.
Respect your 1 and only life. (#)

I remember she sang and Irish song and we all danced Irish like.
Jump with Jill was a singer and was funny.
We jumped, danced and clapped.
She sang a lot of songs and it was great!
The songs.
She told us the names of some of our muscles.
After watching Jill, everyone at school talked about it.

Descriptive Results of Baseline and 7-Month Data from Adults about Jump with Jill

Table 2. Partial Results by Question


Question Age Sex Drink Less Soda Drink More Water Be More Active Food Labels Family Health Changes
# 33 50 24 43 26 28 34
% 61 92.5 44 80 48 52 63
 #  11* 11*
% 20
n= 29
# 17 28 11+ 12 8 12 12
% 59 97 38 52 29 41.3 43++

*= some of the time, included to show the increase at 7 months        ++ = see specific types of changes below


Brief Summary– Approximately 7 months later, about half of the adults participated in the fup survey. The adults who participated were almost all young mothers between the ages of 31-40 with one or more young children. The main messages from the program for adults (ie. drink less soda, drink more water, and be active, read food labels and make healthy changes) decreased in every area but were maintained for 7 months. There were significant reductions in the areas of drinking more water, being active and maintaining family changes. See written answers listed below to the type of changes made-which were grouped in 2 broad categories of diet and activity.

Regardless of the small follow-up sample size and the reductions in 3 of behaviors, these data are good evidence of maintenance of positive health behaviors. These data are also good evidence supporting the positive impact of a one-day on a sample of young mothers.

Further statistical analysis may reveal other significant relationships in the children’s data and between the adult and children’s data at baseline and at follow-up.

Table 3. Detailed Answers to Changes Made at 7 Month Follow-Up

(Baseline Changes Reported- Activity-6 (11%)    Diet related- 24 (44%) )
++7-month fup Changes Reported- Activity-6 (20%)     Diet-9 (31%)  (see below)

1. Try to do more physical activity together instead of separately
2. More fruits and vegetables and less processed food!
3. Trying to choose more low-fat dairy products instead of whole fat
4. Nutrition supplements daily
5. Less sugary items and the kids still listen to the CD we bought and follow some of the songs’s advice! I love it!
6. Include variety in exercise options
7. Eat more veggies and fruit. Having the CD helped.
8.  Less fast food.
9. Started zumba classes in addition.
10. rake leaves, ride bikes
11. Walk more
12. Lose weight
13. Watch what we eat
14. Eat healthier and be more active