Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis


Exercise Science

First Advisor

Michael W Beets


Youth with intellectual disabilities (ID) are at a greater risk for obesity than their peers without ID. Physical activity and diet are two main focuses in the control and prevention of obesity. In this population, parents serve as one of the primary facilitators of these behaviors. Four families who have a child with an ID participated in a 12 week family-centered goal setting study to increase daily moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) to 60 minutes and fruit and vegetable (FV) intake to 5 a day to meet national recommendations. Results indicated moderate increases in MVPA and no changes in FV intake. Considerations for future interventions should be the elimination of community-level barriers for increasing PA and fruit and vegetable consumption in children with an ID.