Based on the premise that active kids lead to active minds,
BOKS is involved in a multiyear research study with National Institute on Out Of School Time (NIOST) to determine the effectiveness of BOKS. The most recent results for 2013 are now in, and based on a study of 570 children we found that:
- Some subsets of BOKS children improved significantly more than their peers on assessments of working memory (holding information to complete a task) and shift (transition and problem solve) based on teacher or parent assessment.
- Children participating in BOKS showed significantly more knowledge post-test about various food types, serving size, and nutrition content.
- BOKS parents with children attending one or more sessions were significantly more likely than the comparison group of parents to rate their child’s health as better than the year before in both Year 1 and Year 2 of the study.
Parent volunteers are Maureen Huminik, Paul Urman and Dan Mathers. Gratitude to you all for helping make BOKS a reality and for getting kids active throughout the South School.
The program will need parent volunteers for the fall 2014 session!