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Am J Health Behav. 2002 Nov-Dec;26(6):486-93.

School-based obesity prevention: a blueprint for taming the epidemic.

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Children's Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030-2600, USA. tbaranow@bcm.tmc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To review the literature on school-based obesity prevention programs to identify what can be done to minimize the increasing levels of obesity.

METHODS:

Twenty articles reporting school-based dietary or physical activity change programs were identified that used BMI or skinfolds as part of the evaluation.

RESULTS:

Seven studies obtained change in BMI and differed from those not finding change in 3 ways: program implementers were not classroom teachers; intervention targeted middle or high schools; and inactivity reduction was promoted.

CONCLUSIONS:

An 8-step research strategy was delineated to develop and evaluate programs with a maximum chance of taming the obesity epidemic.

PMID:
12437023
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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