Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Dietetics Administration (MDA)


Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences

Committee Chair(s)

Martha Archuleta


Martha Archuleta


Janet B. Anderson


Marlene Israelsen


The Fit Kids of Arizona program was created in 2009 to combat the childhood obesity epidemic in Northern Arizona. Fit Kids has been providing health education to overweight children and their families for the past five years. Research to validate the programs efforts has been lacking. This study aimed to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of the nutrition component of the Fit Kids of Arizona program. The study also aimed to analyze the changes in BMI percentile after program participation and to obtain program satisfaction comments from past participants. Through the research process it was realized that the data collection and storage methods currently used by Fit Kids are inconsistent and do currently not help facilitate research. The research project evolved to include a protocol on what Fit Kids of Arizona can do to collect and store patient data in a manner that facilitates future research and program sustainability.