Richard A. Wittberg

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OBJECTIVE To examine the relationship between children's overweight status and other cardiovascular risk fitness factors and academic performance among fifth-grade students. RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES Using a sample of 968 fifth-grade students (50.7% boys; mean age = 10.6 years), children's cardiovascular risks (BMI, blood pressure, acanthosis(More)
Background: Childhood obesity is a major public health threat. Increased fitness may have a positive influence on cognitive performance in both adults and children. Purpose: To examine which aspects of children’s fitness assessment are associated with their performance on four different academic areas. Methods: FITNESSGRAM measures aerobic capacity,(More)
Airborne manganese (Mn) exposure can result in neurotoxicity and postural instability in occupationally exposed workers, yet few studies have explored the association ambient exposure to Mn in children and postural stability. The goal of this study was to determine the association between Mn and lead (Pb) exposure, as measured by blood Pb, blood and hair Mn(More)
This article describes the development and growth of Lifestyle Improvements in the Family Environment (L.I.F.E.), a school-based heart-health screening and intervention program. The primary goals of L.I.F.E. through three rounds of grant funding remained constant: (a) to identify cardiovascular risk factors in students and their families and (b) to provide(More)
OBJECTIVES We assessed children's potential differences in academic achievement based on aerobic fitness over a 2-year period. METHODS The longitudinal study sample included 3 cohorts of students (n = 1725; 50.1% male) enrolled in a West Virginia public school system. Students received baseline fitness and academic assessments as fifth graders and at a(More)
BACKGROUND Marietta, Ohio, is an Appalachian-American community whose residents have long struggled with understanding their exposure to airborne manganese (Mn). Although community engagement in research is strongly endorsed by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in particular, little has been(More)
This study assessed the anthropometrics and acanthosis nigricans (AN) in a sample of 7,337 children at two assessments. Four groups of children were identified based on the presence of AN at both time points: those who never had the marker, those who gained the marker, those who lost the marker, and those who maintained the marker. Group differences in(More)
For more than a decade, the West Virginia Prevention Research Center, Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, and the Wood County Schools have built and sustained a partnership to reduce health disparities and promote population health. Specifically, this partnership has contributed significantly to the peer-reviewed literature on children's physical activity,(More)
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